I'm Adina Feinstein

Graduate student studying exoplanets & stars

I'm a PhD Student

  • Name: Adina D. Feinstein
  • Job: Graduate Student
  • Residence: United States
  • Hometown: Muttontown

Hi! I am a first year graduate student in the Astronomy & Astrophysics Department at the University of Chicago. I received my undergraduate degree in Astrophysics from Tufts University. Outside of academics, I have an addiction to baking, love crocheting, writing short stories, and sitting out by Lake Michigan. My work focuses on stellar and exoplanet astrophysics.

My Skills


Folded-port InfraRed Echellette (FIRE) Spectrograph

Magellan Telescope, Las Campanas Observatory

SpeX Spectrograph

NASA Infrared Telescope Facility

Download my most recent resume here

My Education

  • University of Chicago

    Masters Degree 2018-Current

    - Master's Thesis: eleanor: An open-source tool for extracting light curves from the TESS Full-Frame Images
    - GPA: 4.0/4.0

  • Tufts University

    Bachelors Degree 2014-2018

    - Senior Honors Thesis: Exoploring the Low and High Mass Extremes in the Distant Universe
    - Astrophysics Major (GPA: 3.71/4.0)
    - English Minor

  • Jericho High School


My Experience

  • Graduate Research Assistant

    Advisors: Benjamin Montet & Jacob Bean

    - Creating an open-source data analysis pipeline to produce light curves for roughly 25 million stars in the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Full-Frame Images (FFIs)
    - Publicly available light curves are tailored towards finding exoplanet transits and will be hosted on the MAST serves at the Space Telescope Science Institute as High Level Science Products (HLSP)
    - Updates on the open-source pipeline can be found on my github: https://github.com/afeinstein20/eleanor

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant

    Advisor: Danilo Marchesini

    - Constructed catalogs of gravitational lensing magnifications using publicly available lensing models for Hubble Frontier Fields cluster pointins; Completed a statistical analysis of systematic and random errors; Catalogs can be found here: https://cosmos.phy.tufts.edu/~danilo/HFF/Home.html
    - Conducted a brief study on the evolution of high mass (log(M/M_Sun) >= 11) high redshift (2 < z < 6) galaxies using the Ultra Deep Survey with the VISTA telescope (UltraVISTA) Survey

  • Summer Research Assistant

    Advisor: Joshua Schlieder

    - Determined spectral types and ages of red dwarfs in the solar neighborhodd using SpeX, a medium resolution 0.7-5.3 micron spectrograph mounted on the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility
    - Calculated basic planet and stellar parameters from Kepler/K2 light curves and stellar spectra
    - Conducted planet confirmation follow-up analysis for a temperature 1.9 R_Earth planet identified by citizen scientists using the Exoplanet Explorers tool on the Zooniverse platform

My Talks & Posters

  • Using eleanor, an open-source Python package, to extract light curves from the TESS Full-Frame Images

    TASC Workshop July, 2019 Boston, MA

    - Invited talk

  • Software demonstration of eleanor

    TESS Data Workshop February, 2019 Baltimore, MD

    - Invited talk

  • A Complete Survey of the Southern Sky with TESS Full-Frame Images

    233 AAS Meeting January, 2019 Seattle, Washington

    - Selected speaker for the TESS Special Session
    - Poster presentation (140.14); Chambliss Medal for outstanding poster presentation

  • K2-136: A binary system in the Hyades open cluster hosting a Neptune-sized planet

    231 AAS Meeting January, 2018 Washington, D.C.

    - Session 104. Detection of Extrasolar Planets I

My Publications

  • 2019 - Present

    - Feinstein, A. D., Montet, B. T., Foreman-Mackey, D., et al. 2019, eleanor: An open-source tool for extracting light curves from the TESS Full-Frame Images. arXiv e-prints arXiv:1903.09152
    - Gunther, M. N., Pozuelos, F. J., Dittmann, J. A., et al. 2019, A Super-Earth and two sub-Neptunes transiting the bright, nearby, and quiet M-dwarf TOI-270. arXiv e-prints, arXiv:1903.06107
    - Feinstein, A. D., Schlieder, J. E., Livingston, J. H., et al. 2019, K2-288Bb: A small temperate planet in a low-mass binary system disvered by citizen scientists. Astrophysical Journal, 157, 40

  • 2018 - 2019

    - Ciardi, D. R., Crossfield, I. J. M., Feinstein, A. D. et al. 2018, K2-136: A binary system in the Hyades open cluster hosting a Neptune-sized planet. Astrophysical Journal, 155, 10
    - Yu, L., Crossfield, I. J. M., Schlieder, J. E., et al. 2018, Planetary Candidates from K2 Campaign 16. Astrophysical Journal, 156, 22
    - Shipley, H. V., Lange-Vagle, D., Marchesini, D., et a. 2019, HFF-Deepspace photometric catalogs of the twelve Hubble Frontier Fields, clusters, and parallels: Photometry, photometric redshifts, and stellar masses The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 235, 14
    - Crossfield, I. J. M., Guerrero, N., David, T. et al. 2018, A TESS dress rehearsal: Planetary candidates and variables from K2 Campaign 17. The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 239, 5

My Honors & Awards

  • University of Chicago's 2nd Annual Three Minute Thesis Competition

    1st Runner-up (Master's; May, 2019)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

    April, 2019
  • Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award

    233rd AAS Meeting (January, 2019)

My Outreach

  • Adler After Dark: Geek Chic

    March, 2019 Chicago, IL

    - Soapbox Science volunteer

  • Chicago Astronomical Society

    March 12, 2019 Chicago, IL

    - Invited talk about how to find and characterize exoplanets with a specific emphasis on K2-288Bb

  • Letters to a Pre-Scientist Volunteer

    2018 - 2019
  • Skype a Scientist Volunteer

    2018 - 2019

My Research

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Contact Me

5640 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637