Hello! I am a senior undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. My track is a double-major in Physics and Astrophysics, in addition to a minor in Music. I am an active science student, but also I spend my time with cameras and instruments.

   My main scientific interest is in cosmology, especially on testing the scalar field theories for dark energy by connecting analytical and observational (experimental) results through computer simulations. Currently, I belong to UCB SNe Search Team (Filippenko Group) in Astronomy department and Electron EDM Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I also carry several independent projects including collaborations with the Optical Cavity Team (Mueller Group) and another collaboration with my mentor Miguel Zumalacarregui (and his colleagues). Several outreach & education activities are also part of my life, including curriculum development for Undergraduate Laboratory at Berkeley (ULAB) and talks for Super Science High school (SSH) summer camp students visiting from Japan.


Awards & Honors



  • iPoster presentation, 236th AAS Meeting

  • Oral presentation, APS April Meeting 2020

  • Mentor & Instructor for undergraduate courses at UCB (e.g. Physics 153, Astron 198)




  • Participation in UCB Music Department Concerts

  • Participation in VdGSA events

  • Piano Teaching / Tutoring


Awards & Prizes

(in Japan | past)

  • Gold Prize (1st) at Tokyo Round and 27th at National Final: The 12th International Chopin Piano Competition in ASIA

  • 3rd at National Final, Beten Piano Competition

  • many more for piano performance

  • First Chair cellist, National Youth Symphony Orchestra for the 20th High School Orchestra Festival




  • Graduation Photography

  • Backpacking for street photography

Photography Prize

(in Japan | past)

  • Fine Work Prize at Tokyo High School Exhibition (2014)


  • Cycling

  • Bouldering

  • 3D Printing

Contact Me

For academic purpose, please use

sterling.astro (at]

For other questions or comments, please use the form to directly contact me.

© 2020 by Yukei Murakami.

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