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Dr. Gagandeep Anand is a Staff Scientist working on the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) team within the Instruments Division at STScI. ACS is a third-generation Hubble Space Telescope instrument, and is one of the two operational cameras on the spacecraft.

Before joining the institute, Dr. Anand was a graduate student at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii working with Brent Tully. His thesis work focused primarily on nearby galaxies, the distance ladder, and large-scale structure. Prior to this, he attended Boston University, where he obtained an M.A. in Astronomy and studied optical, infrared, and x-ray emission from clusters of galaxies with Elizabeth Blanton. He received his A.B. in Astronomy and Physics at Vassar College, where he worked under Fred Chromey on both observational and theoretical studies of contact binary systems. He also spent a summer working under Elizabeth McGrath at Colby College, where he studied the evolution of massive quiescent galaxies using CANDELS.

Dr. Anand continues to stay involved in research alongside his technical staff duties, and is a member of the Cosmicflows and PHANGS collaborations.


PhD in Astronomy, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
MS in Astronomy, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
MA in Astronomy, Boston University
AB in Astronomy and Physics, Vassar College


Science Interests:

  • Tip of the Red Giant Branch Distances
  • Resolved Stellar Populations in Nearby Galaxies
  • Extragalactic Distance Scale
  • Large Scale Structure


Research Topics: Star Formation, Histories, and Evolution, High-Redshift Galaxies, Resolved Stellar Populations


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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5259-2314


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