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Research Interests

Observational Cosmology
Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei
Galaxy Formation and Evolution
Surveys and Time-Domain Science

Professional Information

I am an extragalactic observer. I mainly work on a range of topics centered on quasars and supermassive black holes (SMBHs), to understand the physics and evolution of these exotic objects in the cosmological context. Specifically, I work on the large-scale structure traced by quasars, the demography of SMBHs as a function of cosmic time, the phenomenology and physics of black hole accretion, and the co-evolution of black holes and host galaxies. I use multi-wavelength survey data and dedicated observing programs to carry out these studies.


Office Address

124 Astronomy
1002 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL

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Education/Academic qualification

Astronomy, PHD, Princeton University

Sep 1 2005Aug 31 2009

Award Date: Oct 1 2009

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Research Output

The Karl G. Jansky very large array sky survey (VLASS). Science case and survey design

Lacy, M., Baum, S. A., Chandler, C. J., Chatterjee, S., Clarke, T. E., Deustua, S., English, J., Farnes, J., Gaensler, B. M., Gugliucci, N., Hallinan, G., Kent, B. R., Kimball, A., Law, C. J., Lazio, T. J. W., Marvil, J., Mao, S. A., Medlin, D., Mooley, K., Murphy, E. J. & 58 others, Myers, S., Osten, R., Richards, G. T., Rosolowsky, E., Rudnick, L., Schinzel, F., Sivakoff, G. R., Sjouwerman, L. O., Taylor, R., White, R. L., Wrobel, J., Andernach, H., Beasley, A. J., Berger, E., Bhatnager, S., Birkinshaw, M., Bower, G. C., Brandt, W. N., Brown, S., Burke-Spolaor, S., Butler, B. J., Comerford, J., Demorest, P. B., Fu, H., Giacintucci, S., Golap, K., Güth, T., Hales, C. A., Hiriart, R., Hodge, J., Horesh, A., Ivezić, Jarvis, M. J., Kamble, A., Kassim, N., Liu, X., Loinard, L., Lyons, D. K., Masters, J., Mezcua, M., Moellenbrock, G. A., Mroczkowski, T., Nyland, K., O’dea, C. P., O’sullivan, S. P., Peters, W. M., Radford, K., Rao, U., Robnett, J., Salcido, J., Shen, Y., Sobotka, A., Witz, S., Vaccari, M., van Weeren, R. J., Vargas, A., Williams, P. K. G. & Yoon, I., Mar 2020, In : Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. 132, 1009, 035001.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Understanding Broad Mg II Variability in Quasars with Photoionization: Implications for Reverberation Mapping and Changing-look Quasars

    Guo, H., Shen, Y., He, Z., Wang, T., Liu, X., Wang, S., Sun, M., Yang, Q., Kong, M. & Sheng, Z., Jan 10 2020, In : Astrophysical Journal. 888, 2, 58.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Varstrometry for Off-nucleus and Dual Subkiloparsec AGN (VODKA): Methodology and Initial Results with Gaia DR2

    Hwang, H. C., Shen, Y., Zakamska, N. & Liu, X., Jan 10 2020, In : Astrophysical Journal. 888, 2, 73.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Active Galactic Nucleus Pairs from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. III. Chandra X-Ray Observations Unveil Obscured Double Nuclei

    Hou, M., Liu, X., Guo, H., Li, Z., Shen, Y. & Green, P. J., Sep 1 2019, In : Astrophysical Journal. 882, 1, 41.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • An Unusual Mid-infrared Flare in a Type 2 AGN: An Obscured Turning-on AGN or Tidal Disruption Event?

    Yang, Q., Shen, Y., Liu, X., Wu, X. B., Jiang, L., Shangguan, J., Graham, M. J. & Yao, S., Nov 10 2019, In : Astrophysical Journal. 885, 2, 110.

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  • Honors & Recognition

    Clay Fellowship

    Shen, Yue (Recipient), 2009


    Hubble Fellowship

    Shen, Yue (Recipient), 2012