Dr. Karin Öberg
Dr. Öberg left Sweden for Caltech in 2001, where she matriculated with a B.Sc. in chemistry in 2005. Four years later she obtained a Ph.D. in astronomy, with a thesis focused on laboratory astrochemistry. In 2009 she moved to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics with a Hubble fellowship, focusing on millimeter observations of protoplanetary disks, and left in 2012 to join the University of Virginia chemistry department. In 2013 she returned to Harvard as an assistant professor in astronomy, was promoted and named the Thomas D. Cabot Associate Professor in Astronomy in 2016, and promoted to full professor in 2017. Dr. Öberg’s research in astrochemistry has been recognized with a Sloan fellowship, a Packard fellowship and the Newton Lacy Pierce Award.
Dr. Mahesh Rajappan, Research Associate
Dr. Romane Le Gal
Dr. Le Gal is a graduate from University Grenoble-Alpes (France). Her research is focused on studying the chemical evolution of interstellar matter from prestellar environments through the protostellar stages to the formation of planetary systems. In particular, she is interested in figuring out how much of the prestellar molecular composition survives this journey, and therefore how much of the chemical complexity seen at the early stages of star formation influences the chemistry of nascent planets ; and conversely, how much are the gas and solid-state molecules reprocessed during star and planet formation.
Dr. Rafael Martin Domenech
Dr. Martin Domenech is a graduate from the University of Malaga, Spain. He got his PhD at the Complutense University in Madrid, by means of his work in the Astrobiology Center studying the cycle of interstellar matter. His research focuses on the energetic processing of ice samples in the laboratory, mimicking the processing of interstellar ices in the coldest regions of the interstellar medium. His laboratory work is complemented with astronomical observations of molecules toward star forming regions.
Dr. Pavlo Maksyutenko
Dr. Maksyutenko got his PhD in physical chemistry at EPFL, Switzerland. He conducted research previously at the University of Hawaii and at Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland. Pavlo is interested in applications of laser spectroscopy and mass spectrometry to molecular kinetics and dynamics. He is currently building a scientific apparatus for the laboratory study of the chemical and physical processes on the grain surfaces in the interstellar environments.
Jane Huang (NSF/Peirce fellow)
Jane uses high angular resolution ALMA observations to study the chemical and dynamical evolution of protoplanetary disks and to search for indirect signatures of planet formation. ADS publications. https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~janehuan
Alexia uses laboratory experiments to better understand diffusion and entrapment in interstellar ices.
Ellen Price (NSF/Peirce fellow)
Ellen Price has a background in exoplanet theory. In the astrochemistry group she is exploring interactions between chemistry and dynamics protoplanetary disks. https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/~eprice/
Jamila Pegues (NSF fellow)
Jamila Pegues is interested in astrochemical theory and the connected between observations and theory of protoplanetary disks.