Team Members


Daniel Apai

Daniel Apai


Posted By on Jun 29, 2015

Assistant Professor, The University of Arizona I am an Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Sciences at The University of Arizona‘s Steward Observatory and Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. My research focuses on the formation and properties of exoplanets and exoplanetary systems. I use some of the largest ground-based telescopes as well as the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes for observational studies exoplanetary systems....

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Tom Zega

Tom Zega


Posted By on Jun 29, 2015

Assistant Professor, The University of Arizona I am an Assistant Professor in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. My research is focused on the origin of the first solar-system solids, ancient presolar circumstellar dust grains, primitive organic compounds, interplanetary dust particles, and the evolution of asteroidal bodies. I am an experimentalist, and I use ultrahigh-resolution ion- and...

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Lucy Ziurys

Lucy Ziurys


Posted By on Jun 29, 2015

Professor, The University of Arizona Lucy Ziurys is a Professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry and Astronomy at the University of Arizona.  Dr. Ziurys has led a successful laboratory spectroscopy effort since 1990. She has measured high-resolution spectra of numerous species that has led to their interstellar detection, including hydride molecules such as SH+. All of these measurements were conducted with spectrometers built exclusively in...

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Ilaria Pascucci

Ilaria Pascucci


Posted By on Jun 29, 2015

Assistant Professor, The University of Arizona I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona. My research interests lay in the field of planet formation and in the origin of life. I use a variety of ground- and space-based facilities to investigate how protoplanetary disks evolve and disperse, when and how planets form, the aftermath of planet formation by characterizing debris disks,...

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Fred Ciesla

Fred Ciesla


Posted By on Jun 29, 2015

Associate Professor, The University of Chicago I am an Associate Professor in the Department of the Geophysical Sciences at the University of Chicago. My research focuses on understanding how planetary systems form. I apply numerical models to investigate the physical and chemical evolution of planetary materials, ranging from the small dust grains suspended in protoplanetary disks to the many kilometer-scale objects which accrete...

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