Hector Okada da Silva

«After a rain» -- Arkhip Kuindzhi (1879)

Full CV here


  • [2005-2009] Bacharelado (B.Sc.) in Physics
    Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil
    Thesis: Solução exata para a densidade de energia dentro de uma cavidade não-estacionária com um estado inicial arbitrário do campo e aplicações.
    Supervisor: Danilo T. Alves
  • [2009-2011] Mestrado (M.Sc.) in Physics
    Universidade Federal do Pará, Brazil
    Dissertation: Efeito Casimir dinâmico em 1+1 dimensões
    Supervisors: Danilo T. Alves and Carlos Farina
  • [2012-2017] PhD in Physics
    The University of Mississippi, USA
    Thesis: Compact objects in relativistic theories of gravity
    Supervisor: Emanuele Berti


  • [2017-2019] Post-doctoral researcher
    eXtreme Gravity Institute, Montana State University, USA
    Supervisor: Nicolás Yunes
  • [2019-] Post-doctoral researcher
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
    Supervisor: Nicolás Yunes

Awards / Fellowships

  • [2006-2008] Bolsista de Iniciação Científica, CNPq
  • [2008-2009] Bolsista de Iniciação Científica, FAPESPA
  • [2009-2011] Bolsista de Mestrado, CNPq
  • [2012-2017] Zdravko Stipcevic Honors, Department of Physics and Astronomy, The University of Mississippi
  • [2015] The Blue Apple Award, American Physical Society Topical Group in Gravitation
  • [2015] Summer Research Assistantship, Graduate School, The University of Mississippi
  • [2016] Graduate Achievement Award, The University of Mississippi
  • [2016] Sigma Pi Sigma, The National Physics Honor Society
  • [2018] NAOJ Visiting Joint Research travel grant, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
  • [2019] The 2017 GWIC-Braccini prize, Gravitational Wave International Committee (established in honor to the memory of Stefano Braccini)

Scientific visits


Some of my work has received press coverage, listed below.


  • I was one of the co-founders of the Physics Graduate Student Association, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at The University of Mississippi. I served as both vice-president and webmaster.
  • I maintain and run the Twitter account arxiv.BR since 2014. The account shares papers by Brazilian scientists (and foreigners at Brazilian institutions) which have been posted to the arXiv in the gr-qc, astro-ph and hep-th sections. I also regularly post threads on the history of science in Brazil and the latest events in the field of gravitational physics in Portuguese. The account regularly interacts with the Twitter accounts of major Brazilian institutions such as the Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas and the Acadêmia Brasileira de Ciências.