Scientific Staff and Research Interests

Staff Astronomers

John Mulchaey

Director

Ph.D., 1994, University of Maryland

Interests: Galaxy groups, X-ray astronomy

Andrew Benson

Staff Member

MPhys (physics and astrophysics), 1997, University of Leicester; PhD, 2000, University of Durham

Interests: The formation of cosmic structure, from dark matter to galaxies and AGN.

Rebecca Bernstein

Staff Member/Scientist

B.S. Physics, Princeton (1992);  PhD Astrophysics, Caltech (1998)

Interests: stellar abundances, galaxy formation & evolution, structure formation, instrumentation, optical design
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Guillermo Blanc

Staff Associate
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Jeff Crane

Associate Director for Technological Affairs

B.S. Physics, 1997, Arizona State University; M.A. Astronomy, 1999, Ph.D. Astronomy, 2004, University of Virginia

Interests: Instrumentation, Milky Way and Local Group, Extrasolar Planets

Alan Dressler

Staff Member Emeritus

B.A. (physics), 1970, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. (astronomy), 1976, University of California, Santa Cruz

Interests: Galaxy evolution, IMACS spectrograph

Leopoldo Infante

LCO Director
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Daniel Kelson

Staff Associate

B.S. (astronomy and physics), 1991, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D (astronomy), 1998, University of California, Santa Cruz

Interests: How galaxies formed, grew, and evolved

Juna Kollmeier

Staff Member

B.S. (physics), 2000, California Institute of Technology; Ph.D (astronomy), 2006, The Ohio State University

Interests: Theoretical astrophysics concerning the growth of cosmic structure on all scales
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Nick Konidaris

Staff Member
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Barry Madore

Senior Research Associate

B.S. (astronomy and physics) 1969, University of Southern California; M.Sc. (astronomy), 1971, Ph.D. (astronomy), 1974, University of Toronto

Interests: The complexities of deciphering galaxy evolution

Patrick McCarthy

Staff Member

B.S. physics and astronomy 1983, University of Arizona; Ph.D. astronomy, 1988, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Probing the era of galaxy formation

Andrew McWilliam

Staff Member

B.Sc., 1981, London University; M.A., 1984, Ph.D., 1988, University of Texas - Austin

Interests: Chemical evolution and nucleosynthesis

Drew Newman

Staff Member
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Mark Phillips

LCO Director Emeritus
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Anthony Piro

Staff Member
Interests: High energy theoretical astrophysics with a focus on supernovae, GWs and EM counterparts, accretion disks, tides, and compact objects

George Preston

Director Emeritus

B.S. (physics), 1952, Yale University; Ph.D. (astronomy), 1959, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Understanding stellar evolution

Michael Rauch

Staff Member

Diploma (physics), 1988, Gutenberg University, Mainz; Ph.D. (astronomy), 1992, Cambridge University

Interests: Unraveling the cosmic web

Gwen Rudie

Staff Member
Interests: High-redshift galaxies, the circumgalactic medium

Francois Schweizer

Staff Member Emeritus

Lizentiat (astronomy), 1968, University of Bern; M.A., 1970, Ph.D. (astronomy), 1975, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: How galaxies assemble and evolve

Stephen Shectman

Staff Member

B.S. (physics), 1969, Yale University; Ph.D. (astronomy), 1973, California Institute of Technology

Interests: Galaxies, low-metal stars, and astronomical tools

Josh Simon

Staff Member

B.S. (physics), 1998, Stanford University; M.A. (astrophysics), 2000, Ph.D. (astrophysics), 2005, University of California, Berkeley

Interests: Dark Matter, chemical evolution, supernovae, and nearby galaxies

Ian Thompson

Staff Member

B.Sc. (physics and astronomy), 1971, M.Sc. (physics and astronomy), 1974, University of British Columbia; Ph.D. (physics and astronomy), 1980, University of Western Ontario

Interests: Globular clusters, instrumentation

Research Staff

Me, gazing avidly at the 2017 Solar Eclipse, using protective glasses of course.

Chris Burns

Research Associate

BSc. Physics, Bishop's University (1994);  MSc. Physics, (1995), PhD Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of Toronto (2002)

Interests: Cosmology, Distance scale, Supernovae, Numerical analysis, Bayesian Statistics

Shannon Patel

Research Associate
Interests: galaxy evolution, groups and clusters, large-scale structure

Solange Ramirez

SDSS-V Project Manager
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Stefanie Wachter

SDSS-V Systems Engineer
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Postdoctoral Fellows and Associates

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Louis Abramson

Carnegie-Princeton Fellow

PhD, Astronomy & Astrophysics --- The University of Chicago, 2015
AB, Physics --- Columbia University, 2009
• I was a postdoc at UCLA from 2015 to 2018.

Interests: Galaxy evolution (and its epistemology).

Eduardo Banados

Carnegie-Princeton Fellow

B.S. (astronomy), 2010, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile; Ph.D (astronomy), 2015, Heidelberg University/Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA)

Interests: Observational cosmology, multiwavelength view of high-z quasars/galaxies, epoch of reionization, big data

Thomas Connor

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Interests: Clusters of Galaxies: galaxy populations, the role of AGN feedback, and the role of clusters in large scale structure
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Philip Cowperthwaite

Hubble Fellow
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K. Decker French

Hubble Fellow
Interests: Galaxy Evolution, Tidal Disruption Events

Terese Hansen

Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Tom Holoien

Carnegie Fellow
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Alexander Ji

Hubble Fellow
Interests: First stars and galaxies, origin of the elements
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Alicia Lanz

Carnegie Fellow
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Rosalie McGurk

Carnegie Fellow in Instrumentation
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Allison Strom

Carnegie Fellow
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Johanna Teske

Hubble Fellow
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Syed Uddin

Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Huan Yang

Postdoc
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Social Media and Outreach

Cynthia Hunt

Social Media Strategist
  • 2004 PhD, Materials Science, Caltech
  • 1998 AB (Honors), Physics, University of Chicago
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Jeff Rich

Outreach Coordinator
Interests: Galaxy Evolution, Interstellar Medium, Stellar Populations

LCO Support Astronomer

Yuri Beletsky

Instrument Support Scientist
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Konstantina Boutsia

Magellan Instrumentation Scientist

Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Rome "La Sapienza" (2008)

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Francesco Di Mille

LCO Technical Operations Manager

Ph.D Astronomy, 2007, University of Padova

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Nidia Morrell

Resident Astronomer

Ph.D. in Astronomy, Universidad de La Plata, Argentina (1984)

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David Osip

Dave Osip

LCO Associate Director

B.S. (Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences), 1989, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D (Astronomy), 1995, University of Florida

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Povilas Palunas

LCO Scientific Support

Ph.D. (physics and astronomy), 1996, Rutgers University

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