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Prof. Lamiya Mowla

I am an observational astronomer studying the structural evolution of astronomical objects in the early Universe. I want to understand how the first stars, star clusters, galaxies, and galaxy clusters formed in the infant Universe and how they changed as the Universe got older. For my research, I use space telescopes such as the Hubble and JWST, ground-based telescopes such as Dragonfly, as well as cosmological hydrodynamical simulations. Check here for the news coverage of my research.

I am a Wellesley alum (green class of 2013) and I received my Ph.D. in 2020 from Yale University (Advisor: Prof. Pieter van Dokkum). Recently I was a Dunlap Post-doctoral Fellow at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto, Canada.

I am from Dhaka, Bangladesh, where my family still lives. I advocate for equal opportunities in scientific research/education for students from countries with limited access to resources. I have taught in the Yale Young African Scholars program in Ghana and Rwanda. I have also founded several outreach programs in Bangladesh including Bangladesh Science Outreach (2013) and Durbin (2023).