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Research Scientists & Project Scientists

Full-time UC San Diego Research Scientists and Project Scientist that conduct independent research programs while collaborating with faculty, researchers, and graduate students. Research Scientists and Project Scientists actively participate in mentoring students and perform Astronomy service.

  • Andrew Buffington

    Andrew Buffington

    Dr. Andrew Buffington works on solar system studies, on time series studies of more distant objects, and on development of new imaging instrumentation.


  • Kevin Crowley

    Kevin Crowley

    Dr. Kevin Crowley has spent his scientific career designing, building, and operating instrumentation for the study of the Cosmic Microwave Background. He would like to answer the question: Did our universe actually undergo inflation? To do this, he is working on the deployment of the first of multiple small-aperture telescopes for the Simons Observatory experiment.


  • David Harker

    David Harker

    Dr. David Harker specializes in planetary science, with a research focus on solar system objects such as comets and small celestial bodies.

  • Bernard Jackson

    Bernard Jackson

    Dr. Bernie Jackson specializes in solar astrophysics and space-based instrument programs, and is principal investigator of solar instrumenation lab at UC San Diego.


  • Jérôme Maire

    Jérôme Maire

    Dr. Jérôme Maire's work focuses on developing high-time resolution instrumentation to search for astrophysical transients and developing high-contrast imaging techniques to discover and characterize extrasolar planets.


  • Mikhail Malkov

    Mikhail Malkov

    Dr. Mikhail Malkov studies cosmic ray accretion and propagation through the interstellar medium.


  • Carl Melis

    Carl Melis

    Dr. Carl Melis is a stellar astrophysicist and his studies include the birth, life, death, and re-birth of stars and their planetary systems.


  • Serena Perrotta

    Serena Perrotta

    Dr. Serena Perrotta is an observational astronomer, and her research interests include galaxy evolution and feedback from stars and supermassive black holes.


  • Jarred Roberts

    Jarred Roberts

    Dr. Jarred Roberts is interested in high-energy physics instrumentation development for experiments like the Compton Spectrometer and Imager Explorer (COSI-X) and the General Antiparticle Spectrometer (GAPS).


  • Jean-Baptiste Ruffio

    Jean-Baptiste Ruffio

    Dr. Jean-Baptiste Ruffio is interested in extrasolar planets, high contrast imaging, and advanced image processing and statistical analysis techniques.


  • Richard Rothschild

    Richard Rothschild

    Dr. Rick Rothschild studies X-ray and gamma ray emission from neutron stars and black holes of all sizes, in order to understand the physical processes involved in accretion onto them.


  • Rameswar Singh

    Rameswar Singh

    Dr. Rameswar Singh conducts research on magnetic fusion energy with particular interests in zonal flows, momentum transport, turbulence, instabilities, and shearing effects in tokamak plasmas.