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Postdoctoral Fellow

Laura is a postdoctoral researcher who joined STScI in September 2018 and works with Dr. Marc Rafelski. Laura's research focuses on galaxy formation and evolution across cosmic time. She focuses on the high-redshift Universe and studies galaxies that leak ionizing UV flux (Lyman continuum galaxies). The focus of this research is to understand the properties of the sources that ionized the Universe during the Epoch of Reionization by studying the leaking flux of distant galaxies close to that era. Laura completed her PhD in astronomy at the University of Oxford, UK, in June 2018 working with Professor Roger Davies. Her previous research focused early-type galaxies in group and cluster environments using integral field unit instruments. Laura is also interested in diversity and inclusion in astronomy and works on a number of initiatives to address barriers faced by minority groups at the Institute.


PhD in Astronomy, University of Oxford, UK

MPhys/BA in Physics w. Astronomy (North America), University of Leeds, UK

Exchange year for MPhys/BA, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA, USA


Research Topics:  Local Group Galaxies; Galaxy Formation and Evolution; Stellar Populations; High-Redhsift Galaxies; Galaxy Groups and Clusters; Interstellar Medium


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ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0604-654X

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