About me


I am a final year PhD student in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland, College Park. I work with my advisor, Prof. Massimo Ricotti, on the physics of star formation in galaxies and its role in shaping the Universe, using some of the largest supercomputers in the country. I am currently supported by a NASA FINESST Fellowship (formarly known as NESSF).

Outside of academia, I enjoy listening to classical music, playing piano, driving for pleasure, bicyling, watching movies, and coding for fun.


June 2021

I am awarded the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) Fellowship.

March 2021

I am awarded an Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship.

Research Gallery


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First-author refereed publications

  • C.-C. He, 2021, “A Fast and Accurate Analytic Method of Calculating Galaxy Two-point Correlation Functions”, The Astrophysical Journal, 921, 59.
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  • C.-C. He, M. Ricotti, & S. Geen, 2020, “Simulating Star Clusters Across Cosmic Time - II. Fraction of Ionizing Photons Escaping from Molecular Clouds”, MNRAS, 492, 4858.
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  • C.-C. He, M. Ricotti, & S. Geen, 2019, “Simulating Star Clusters Across Cosmic Time - I. Initial Mass Function, Star Formation Rates, and Efficiencies”, MNRAS, 489, 1880-1898
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  • C.-C. He & L. Keek, 2016, “Anisotropy of X-Ray Bursts from Neutron Stars with Concave Accretion Disks”, ApJ, 819, 47.
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Courses I teach as a teaching assistant:


  • AAS 237, “Destructing Molecular Clouds with Photoionization Feedback and the Escape of Ionizing Photons”. iPoster



Email me at che1234@umd.edu