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Professor Ryan Shannon

ARC Future Fellowship
Ph.D., Cornell University, United States; M.S., Cornell University, United States; B.Sc. (Hon.), University of British Columbia, Canada


Ryan Shannon is a professor in Swinburne's Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing and an associate investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitaitonal Wave Discovery (OzGrav). Ryan's major research interests focus on understanding some of the most extreme objects in astronomy (neutron stars, fast radio bursts, and black holes) and using them to answer fundamental questions about the Universe. He studies these objects using the most powerful telescopes in the world.

Ryan co-leads the Commensal Real-time Fast Transients Collaboration which uses the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder Telescope to find and study fast radio bursts. He is also leading the effort to search for nanohertz frequency gravitational waves with the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa as part of the MeerTime project.

Prior to joining Swinburne, Ryan was a researcher at the CSIRO and Curtin University. Orginally from Canada, Ryan completed his doctoral training at Cornell University in the United States and has worked in Australia since completing his PhD.    

Research interests

Pulsars; Gravitional Waves; Fast Radio Bursts

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Astronomical Sciences - 510100
  • Space Sciences - 510900

Teaching areas



  • 2024, International, Jackson-Gwilt Medal, Royal Astronomical Society
  • 2021, International, Newcomb Cleveland Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2018, Swinburne, Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Award, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2017, Other, Curtin University Research Excellence Award, Curtin University
  • 2014, National, John Philip Award, CSIRO


Also published as: Shannon, Ryan; Shannon, R.; Shannon, R. M.; Shannon, Ryan M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2024: ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery *; ARC Centre of Excellence Scheme
  • 2022: A next generation fast radio burst detector for Australia *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2022: Illuminating the cosmic web with Fast Radio Bursts *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2019: Transforming fast radio bursts into an astrophysical tool *; ARC Future Fellowships
  • 2018: Weighing the Universe using Fast Radio Bursts *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme

* Chief Investigator