I use ultraviolet, optical and infrared imaging, spectropolarimetry and spectroscopy, as well as radio imaging using the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico to investigate active galaxies, quasars, stellar evolution, and the formation and evolution of planetary systems. I am a member of the HST/NICMOS, Spitzer/MIPS instrument and science teams, and the JWST/MIRI team. I am also the Deputy PI for the EXCEDE mission.

Scientific Interests

Dean C. Hines, Ph.D.


Space Telescope Science Institute, 440

3700 San Martin Drive

Baltimore, MD 21218


email: hines at stsci.edu


    Ph.D Univ. of Texas at Austin, 1994

    M.Sc. New Mexico Tech, 1987

    B.Sc. New Mexico Tech, 1985

My dad worked on earth resource satellites and systems for the Apollo program. At six months old, my parents propped me in front of the TV to watch the Faith-7 Mercury launch, and I didn't miss a subsequent televised launch until well into the space shuttle program. In fourth grade, "A Wrinkle in Time" inspired me to become an astrophysicist. I received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics at New Mexico Tech using the VLA. I obtained my Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin, and then moved on to Post-Doc and research faculty positions at the University of Arizona. I joined Space Science Institute in 2002, and the Space Telescope Science Institute in 2010. I have mild Cerebral Palsy (CP), so being an astronaut was not possible. However, working in astronomy and astrophysics has been my ticket to the stars.

Personal Background

Professional Links




    The Egg Nebula

    HD 12039



    Dust-Forming QSOs

    The Moth


        Earth & Sky

    Primitive Black Holes