I am an astrophysics PhD student at Rutgers University working with Dr Alyson Brooks and the N-Body Shop.

My primary research interests are using cosmological hydrodynamic simulations to study the evolutionary connections between dwarf galaxies and the massive black holes often found within. In particular, I use high resolution simulations to understand how massive black holes may form, grow, and (directly or indirectly) affect the population of dwarf galaxies we see today.

I also study triggers of supermassive black hole activity in even higher-resolution zoom simulations. Generating mock observations of simulated galaxies help characterize how observational biases may affect conclusions for observers versus what we find in the simulation.

Finally I am interested in applications of machine learning and large scale data science techniques.


My full list of authored and co-authored papers can be found on ADS.

R. Sharma, A. Brooks, M. Tremmel, J. Bellovary, A. Ricarte, T. Quinn, 2022, A hidden population of massive black holes in simulated dwarf galaxies

R. Sharma, E. Choi, R. Somerville, et al., 2021, The Connection between Mergers and AGN Activity in Simulated and Observed Massive Galaxies

R. Sharma, A. Brooks, R. Somerville, et al., 2020, Black Hole Growth and Feedback in Isolated Romulus25 Dwarf Galaxies

A. Wright, M. Tremmel, F. Munshi, D. Nagai, R. Sharma, T. Quinn, 2020, The Formation of Isolated Ultra-Diffuse Galaxies in Romulus25

D. Narayanan, M. Turk, T. Robitaille, A. Kelly, M. Connor, R. Sharma, et al., 2020, Powderday: Dust Radiative Transfer for Galaxy Simulations


My code can all be found on Github