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Jiaru Li

Astronomy & Space Sciences


I joined the Department of Astronomy at Cornell as a graduate student in Fall 2017.

Rising to my second year of study, I am mainly interested in computational astrophysics and modeling the dynamics of (exo-)planetary systems. Currently, I am working with Professor Dong Lai, using hydrodynamics simulation to study the scenarios and outcomes of encountering binary stars and planets.

Before Cornell, I received an H.BSc. Degree in physics from the University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC). My research interests at UTSC were mostly about quantum physics, for which I worked with Professor Artur Izmaylov on the geometric phase effect in photochemical reaction models. During my time at UTSC, I also TAed eight different undergraduate courses in physics, mathematics, and computer sciences. 


  • Astronomy

Graduate Fields

  • Astronomy and Space Sciences


Advisor: Professor Dong Lai


Jiaru Li, Loïc Joubert-Doriol, and Artur F. Izmaylov, “Geometric phase effects in excited state dynamics through a conical intersection in large molecules: N-dimensional linear vibronic coupling model study,” J. Chem. Phys., 2017, 147, 064106,

Artur F. Izmaylov, Jiaru Li, and Loïc Joubert-Doriol, “Diabatic Definition of Geometric Phase Effects,” J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2016, 12, 5278-5283,