Before moving to Pasadena Abigail Polin completed her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, working with thesis advisors Peter Nugent and Dan Kasen.

Polin’s research spans the area of astrophysical transients. She creates hydrodynamical simulations to examine the theory behind astrophysical explosions, then performs radiative transport calculations to produce testable predictions that can be compared directly to observed data.