Rubina Kotak's main research interests lie in the area of supernova explosions, of both the thermonuclear and core-collapse varieties. She is also interested in stellar evolution immediately prior to explosion, in the direct influence of supernovae on their environments, and in the use of supernovae as probes of the distant Universe. For her multi-wavelength obervational work she uses a range of ground- and space-based facilties such the Spitzer Space Telescope, and the Very Large Telescope array in Chile.
She also has more than a passing interest in asteroseismology of compact objects (the subject of her PhD thesis).
Rubina Kotak did her MPhys (Astrophysics/French) degree at the University of Kent at Canterbury, and obtained her PhD in 2002 from Lund Observatory (Sweden). Since then, she has held postdoctoral fellowships awarded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, hosted at Imperial College London, and a European Southern Observatory fellowship held at ESO headquarters in Garching, Germany. She joined the supernova group at Queen's as a staff member in January 2007.