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Mikhail V. Medvedev

Primary office:
6070D Malott Hall


Professional Background

2011-present: Professor, University of Kansas
2006-2011: Associate Professor, University of Kansas
2010: Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
2009-2010: Ib Henriksen Visiting Professor, Niels Bohr International Academy, Denmark
2002-2006: Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
2000-2002: Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA)
1998-2000: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Astronomy
1996-1998: Postgraduate Researcher, University of California, San Diego
1993-1996: Research/Teaching Assistant, University of California, San Diego


1996: Ph.D. (Physics) University of California at San Diego
1994: M.S., (Physics) University of California at San Diego 
1993: M.S., (Supreme Laude) Moscow Institute for Physics & Technology, Dolgoprudny, Russia


My research interests cover a wide variety of subjects in high-energy astrophysics and space physics, including: Gamma-ray bursts (the strongest and brightest explosions in the Universe), relativistic shock waves, magnetic field generation, radiation physics, observational aspects. Astrobiology: how life on Earth has been (and will be) affected by cosmogenic factors, such as gamma-ray bursts, supernovae, energetic solar flares, etc. Accretion physics: the dynamics of the gas infall onto strongly gravitating objects, signatures of black holes and neutron stars in the accretion spectra. Colsmology: transport phenomena (e.g. thermal conduction) in galaxy clusters, transport in irregular and chaotic magnetic fields, origin of magnetic fields in the Universe. Solar and stellar wind physics: structure of termination shocks, charge-exchange x-rays from shocks, nonlinear waves in the solar wind.

Selected Awards & Honors

  • 2010: The Ambrose Monell Foundation grant (IAS, Princeton)
  • 2009-2010: The Ib Henriksen Foundation support for visiting professors  (NBIA, Denmark)
  • 2009-2010: Danish National Bank program (for distinguished visitors) (NBIA, Denmark)
  • 2004-2007: DOE Junior Faculty grant (the career development grant similar to NSF Career grant)
  • 2006: Best Presentation Award from the Royal Society (UK), for the work on particle acceleration in gamma-ray bursts presented at the R. Soc. Meeting on GRBs
  • 1996: Friends of the International Center Fellowship, UC San Diego
  • 1993-1994: General Atomics Takeo Fukuda Fellowship (financial support for 1993-94)
  • 1993: American Physical Society Study Grant - support PPCF-3 summer school  
  • 1987-1993: Multiple awards for excellence in education, Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology