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Emilia Järvelä

Emilia Järvelä

Postdoctoral Fellow

Astrophysics & Cosmology

Emilia Järvelä




Emilia’s main research interest is active galactic nuclei (AGN), especially a class of unevolved AGN called narrow-line Seyfert 1 (NLS1) galaxies. She started studying them in her master’s thesis, and continued the research in her doctoral thesis. Emilia graduated as a Doctor of Science (Tech.) in 2018 from the Aalto University Metsähovi Radio Observatory (Finland). After that, she moved to California for her first postdoctoral fellowship in the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Emilia’s stay in the UCSB was a bit shorter than planned, since she obtained the European Space Agency (ESA) research fellowship at ESA's European Space Astronomy Centre (Spain), and moved to Spain just before the pandemic. After spending three years in ESA, she started as a Dodge Family Prize Fellow here at OU. Emilia’s roots are in radio astronomy but have also strayed to optical, near-infrared, X-ray, and gamma-ray astronomy along the way, so she has adopted a very panchromatic approach. Her research aims to understand the nature and evolution of the narrow-line Seyfert 1 galaxy population better, and to figure out how they fit into the grand AGN scheme. In addition to scientific work, she is also a strong advocate for diversity in STEM, promoting DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) matters and creating a safe and inclusive working environment, where diversity is seen as an opportunity, not as a threat.