Astrophysicist, The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Mercedes López-Morales is an Astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). She is an expert on exoplanet atmospheres studies and the CfA Principal Investigator of ACCESS, the Arizona-CfA-Catolica Exoplanet Spectroscopy Survey. As part of ACCESS, she is currently working on the generation of the first homogeneous database of exoplanetary transmission spectra in the optical with the IMACS instrument on one of the Magellan telescopes in Chile. In addition, she is working on the development of new observational techniques for the detection and characterization of the atmospheres of Earth-like planets to be discovered by the upcoming NASA TESS mission.