Lynnie Saade, PhD

Lynnie Saade, PhD

Email:  mlsaade @

I'm a high energy astrophysics postdoc who studies the most extreme objects in the universe, black holes and neutron stars. I first became interested in space when I got my first telescope at age 3, but it wasn't until I saw a planetarium show about black holes that I knew then and there I wanted to go into astrophysics. There lay forces of nature more powerful than any other.

In undergrad I got my B.S. in Astrophysics from Rice University, where I worked on the microquasar GRS 1758-258 for my senior thesis. 

In grad school I got my master's in Astronomy and my PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from UCLA. During this time I worked on X-ray and infrared observations of binary supermassive black holes and other active galactic nuclei. I also became a member of the Caltech High Energy Astrophysics Group during this time.

Currently I work for USRA on research using the Imaging X-ray Polarization Explorer (IXPE).

In my spare time I have an unusual hobby of making comics and writing stories about anthropomorphized natural phenomena, such as storms, plate boundaries, and celestial objects. I also enjoy caring for animals, reading, snorkeling, birdwatching, and playing video games.