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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in the Physics Department.  My research is focused on high-energy astrophysics, where I analyze X-ray activity of supermassive black holes. I study a variety of supermassive black hole environments in order to understand which factors are critical to their evolution. I am Israeli astrophysicist, born in Rehovot, but spent most of my life growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Academic Background

I received my my PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at University of Michigan in 2020, and received the 2020 Proquest Distinguished Dissertation Award for my dissertation “Discovering the Missing Population of AGN Pairs with Chandra". I then spent 3 years as a Porat Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford University, before joining UMBC in 2023.

Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Michigan (2020)
M.S. Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Michigan (2017)
B.A. Astronomy & Physics, Boston University (2014)



05.2024 / New publication in Universe: Tracking Supermassive Black Hole Mergers from kpc to sub-pc Scales with AXIS

Check out Dr. Foord's new publication published in Universe "Tracking Supermassive Black Hole Mergers from kpc to sub-pc Scales with AXIS"

05.2024 / Ashlyn Wright wins CNMS award for outstanding TA 

Congratulations to group member Ashlyn Wright for winning the CNMS Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in Physics for Spring 2024! Ashlyn will be recognized at the yearly College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences Awards and Recognition Day. 

04.2024 / Is Time Travel Even Possible? 

Check out Dr. Foord's newest article on The Conversation's Curious Kids Series "Could a telescope ever see the beginning of time? An astronomer explains."Curious Kids is a series that lets experts across the country answer questions posed by kids. 

02.2024 / Paul Wampler Wins Academic Fellowship Program

Congratulations to group member Paul Wampler, who has been selected by UMBC's College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences as a recipient of the Academic Fellowship Program (funded by Merck)! The Academic Fellowship Program is aimed at increasing the number of data scientists from under-represented minorities in the life sciences workforce. The funding will support his research over the next year.

12.2023 / UMBC News Highlights AXIS 

UMBC News has just highlighted AXIS's phase A proposal submission, in the article "Advanced X-ray Imaging Satellite science team hits major milestone." Check it out!

11.2023 / AXIS White Papers on arXiv

The AXIS team has just released their suite of white papers to arXiv. Be sure to check out Dr. Foord's lead white paper on Detecing Dual AGN with AXIS, along with the 6 other papers: 

High-z AGN with AXIS

Wandering Intermediate Black Holes with AXIS

Obscured AGN with AXIS

The First AGN Jets with AXIS

Resolving AGN Fueling with AXIS

AGN in Overdense Environments with AXIS


10.2023 / Is Time Travel Even Possible?

Check out Dr. Foord's newest article on The Conversation's Curious Kids Series "Is time travel even possible? An astrophysicist explains the science behind the science fiction"

Wormholes, failed dinner parties, and cosmic time machines, oh my!

08.2023 / Assistant Professor at UMBC

I'm excited to be joining the Physics Department at UMBC at the end of August! I'll be slowly building a team of excellent scientists - stay tuned!

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