Brian Metzger received his B.S. at the University of Iowa and his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 2009. He held a NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship at Princeton, before joining the Columbia Department of Physics in 2013, where he is currently a Professor. Metzger also holds the position of Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Computational Astrophysics within the Flatiron Institute.
Metzger’s research is in theoretical high energy astrophysics, on topics including gamma-ray bursts; supernovae; fast radio bursts; accretion processes; compact objects; nucleosynthesis (astrophysical origin of the elements); and the electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave sources. His recognitions include the New Horizons Breakthrough Prize in Physics; the Bruno Rossi Prize of the American Astronomical Society; and the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation and NASA. He is currently a Simons Investigator.