Meet Our Physicists

Natalia Ivanova

Natalia Ivanova is Professor of Physics at the University of Alberta. Her research focuses on the theoretical study of interacting binary stars: mass transfer in binaries, common envelope evolution, stellar evolution codes, stellar hydrodynamics codes, population’s studies, and compact binaries in globular clusters.

Ivanova received her M.Sc. with honors in Astronomy and Mathematics from Saint-Petersburg State University (Russia, 1995), and her D.Phil. from the University of Oxford (United Kingdom, 2003). She was then a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University (2001-2005), and at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) of the University of Toronto (2005-2009). She joined the faculty at the University of Alberta in 2009, as Canada Research Chair in Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Ivanova is the recipient of the Tremaine Fellowship (2007-2008) and CITA Fellowship of the University of Toronto (2005-2008). She has received the Chandra Theory Grant (2004-2005), Oxford’s Dulverton Scholarship (1998-2001) and OSI/FCO Chevening Scholarship (1997-1998), the UK’s Overseas Research Student (ORS) Award (1998-2001), and the “Soros student” scholarship from the Soros Foundation (1994-1995).

Positions Held

General Member, 2019 – current