Kirill Sokolovsky

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About me

Hi, my name is Kirill Sokolovsky, I'm a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Astronomy, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, exploring active galactic nuclei variability with TESS - the research project lead by Yue Shen. Previously, I've been with the Physics and Astronomy Department of Michigan State University, working in the team lead by Laura Chomiuk and Jay Strader on multiwavelength observations of classical novae. I've been fascinated with novae since I witnessed the discovery of GeV emission from V407 Cygni and co-discovered Nova Sagittarii 2012 #1. I've also co-discovered Nova Cassiopeiae 2020 and contributed to the detection of simultaneous GeV and optical flares in Nova Carinae 2018. Active galactic nuclei are my other major topic of interest - they were the subject of my PhD thesis. I was involved in RadioAstron Space-VLBI mission that imaged active galaxies BL Lacerate and 3C 84 at tens-of-μas-scale resolution. I'm also the lead developer of the VaST code that identifies variable objects in a series of astronomical images.

Academic history

  • 2022-present - postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • 2018-2022 - postdoctoral researcher at the Michigan State University
  • 2015-2018 - postdoctoral researcher at the IAASARS, National Observatory of Athens
  • 2011-2015 - researcher at the Astro Space Center of Lebedev Physical Institute
  • 2008-2011 - PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn
    (2011 PhD in experimental physics from the University of Cologne)
  • 2008 - Graduate from the Physics Department of Lomonosov Moscow State University
My full CV is here.


Here are some tools that I've been developing:


You can find me on Github, X/Twitter or drop me a line at kirx[at]