Tonima Ananna

Tonima Ananna

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy



Physics and Astronomy

Tonima Ananna

I am an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Wayne State University, Michigan. Prior to my appointment at Wayne State, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Professor Ryan Hickox’s group at Dartmouth College. I completed my Ph.D. at the Department of Physics, Yale University, under the supervision of Professor Meg Urry. I am interested in how supermassive black holes are triggered into activity, how the structure of the tori around them changes, how they affect their host galaxies, and when they gained most of their mass. My research has been featured in Science News in SN 10: 10 Scientists to Watch 2020.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Supermassive black holes, active galactic nuclei, galaxy AGN co-evolution, machine learning and techniques in astronomy


Projects and research

Awards and grants

My work so far has been funded by NASA ADAP and NSF AST grants.

News mentions


Selected publications

All my refereed publications

Courses taught by Tonima Ananna

Fall Term 2023