Preethi Nair

Preethi  Nair

Assistant Professor

Office Hours

By appointment


PhD, University of Toronto, 2009


Research Groups

Research Interests

Dr. Nair is a multi-wavelength observational astronomer investigating the formation and evolution of galaxies. Her interests are in visual and quantitative galaxy morphologies, the relative role of merging and secular processes, specifically bars, rings and spiral arms, in the star formation, AGN, and mass building history of galaxies. Dr. Nair is particularly interested in data mining large surveys to explore how galaxies have evolved over time. She is currently involved in the SDSS IV MaNGA survey.

Dr. Nair received her doctoral degree from the University of Toronto in 2009. She joined the faculty of The University of Alabama in January 2014.


Research Group Members

-Amy Jones (postdoc)

Graduate Students (current)

– Nirmal Baral
Topic: Improving automated classifications of visual morphologies

– Wenhao Li
Topic: X-ray/Optical properties of merging galaxies

– Kavya Mukundan
Topic: X-ray/Optical properties of non-merging galaxies

Graduate Students (former)

Dr. Chris Spradlin – PhD from UABĀ  — Primary supervisor Jimmy Irwin (UA).

Sunil Laudari — MS from UA

Undergraduate Students (current)
– Jake Powell
– Tyler Evans
– Jacob Curtis


Undergraduate Students (former)

– Jeremy Cummings
– Emily Frank
– Ben Runge
– Jacob Winton
– Alex Drozd
– Carlisle Wishard — current PhD student at Purdue, Dept. of Planetary Sciences
– John Andrews
– Alex Hoffman