University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota


University of Minnesota

Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics

University of Minnesota
Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics
116 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Main Office: Tate 285-00
Phone: 612-624-4811
Directions to the Institute


Cattell, Cynthia Tate 258 (612) 626-8918
Professor Research interests: Space plasma physics; magnetic and electric field measurements; auroral particle acceleration;particle acceleration processes;non-linear plasma physics; magnetic reconnection and shocks.

Cushman, Priscilla PAN 327 (612) 626-8917
(612) 624-1534
Professor Research interests: Exploration into the building blocks of matter through complementary approaches: (1) the most senstitive search for a direct signal from the dark matter halo surrounding our galaxy (the CDMS experiment in the Soudan Underground Laboratory in northern Minnesota), (2) the highest energy accelerator (the CMS experiment at the future Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland), and (3) the most precise measurement of the magnetic moment of the muon (g-2 at Brookhaven Lab in New York).

Davidson, Kris D. Tate 285-07 (612) 624-5711
Professor Emeritus Research interests: Emission-line analyses; quasi-stellar objects; supernova remnants; x-ray sources; massive stars.

Dickey, John M.
Professor Emeritus Research interests: Radio astronomy; single dish and aperture synthesis; spectral lines; structure of the interstellar medium.

Fortson, Lucy Tate 285-14 (612) 624-9587
Professor Research interests: High-energy astrophysics, gamma-ray astronomy, extragalactic astronomy including active galactic nuclei and barred spirals; Developing online citizen science as a method to solve research problems with large datasets; physics education research.

Gehrz, Robert D. Tate 285-04
Tate 270
(612) 624-7806
(612) 626-2067
Professor Research interests: Infrared Astronomy; novae; circumstellar and interstellar dust; development of novel instrumentation.

Glesener, Lindsay Tate 262 (612) 624-8392
Assistant Professor Research interests: Solar and space physics; high-energy astrophysics; astronomical instrumentation development

Hanany, Shaul PAN 316 (612) 626-8929
Professor Research interests: Studies of the early universe through observations of the cosmic microwave background, its anisotropy and polarization properties.

Humphreys, Roberta M. Tate 285-07 (612) 624-6530
Professor Emeritus Research interests: Astronomy and astrophysics; stellar spectroscopy; galactic and extragalactic studies; the cosmic distance scale. She heads the Automated Plate Scanner Research Group.

Jones, Terry J. Tate 260-00 (612) 624-8009
Professor Research interests: Infrared Astronomy; polarimetry; interstellar medium; galaxies.

Jones, Thomas W. Tate 285-02 (612) 624-8546
Professor Research interests: Theoretical Astrophysics; numerical astrophysics; gas dynamics, magnetohydrodynamics, active galaxies, supernova remnants; cosmic ray acceleration.

Kelly, Patrick Tate 285-12 (612) 624-8462
Assistant Professor

Kuhi, Len
Professor Emeritus

Lysak, Robert Tate 285-18 (612) 625-1323
Professor Research interests: Particle acceleration and the dynamics of current flow in the earth's auroral zone.

Mandic, Vuk PAN 328 (612) 624-6844
Assistant Professor Research interests: Gravitational wave physics, observational cosmology, early universe physics.

Olive, Keith Tate 275-18 (612) 624-7354
Professor Research interests: Particle physics and cosmology, big bang nucleosynthesis, the origin of the light element isotopes through 7Li; particle dark matter; big bang baryogenesis, and inflation.

Peloso, Marco Tate 375-12 (612) 624-6525
Professor Research interests: Astroparticle physics, inflation, cosmology of extra-dimensions, physics beyond the standard model.

Pepin, Robert Shep 421 (612) 624-0819
Professor Emeritus Research interests: Origin and early history of volatile elements and compounds in the solar system as revealed by mass spectrometer measurements of noble gases and nitrogen in meteorites and lunar samples.

Pryke, Clement PAN 318 (612) 624-7578
Associate Professor Research interests: Astrophysics and cosmology; cosmic microwave background

Qian, Yong-Zhong Tate 375-18 (612) 624-7567
Professor Research interests: Nuclear/particle astrophysics and cosmology, supernova explosion and nucleosynthesis, chemical evolution of galaxies, neutrino oscillations and their effects in astrophysical environments.

Rudnick, Lawrence Tate 275-02 (612) 624-3396
Professor Research interests: Clusters of galaxies, large-scale structure, radio galaxies, relativistic particle acceleration, radio and X-ray astronomy.

Scarlata, M. Claudia Tate 285-08 (612) 626-1811
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies Research interests: Observations of high redshift galaxies, galaxy formation and evolution.

Skillman, Evan D. Tate 285-16 (612) 624-9523
Director, MIfA Research interests: Chemical abundances; star formation; evolution of galaxies.

Waddington, Cecil J. PAN 242 (612) 624-2566
Professor Emeritus Research interests: Cosmic ray physics; high-energy astrophysics; solar system science; chemical abundances; instrumentation

Williams, Liliya L. R. Tate 285-10 (612) 624-1084
Director of Undergraduate Studies
TA Coordinator
Research interests: Theoretical cosmology; cosmological parameters; large scale structure; formation and evolution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies; gravitational lensing including computational techniques.

Woodward, Charles E. Tate 285-06 (612) 624-0254
Professor Research interests: Infrared instrumentation and technology development for observational astrophysics.

Woodward, Paul R. Walter 428 (612) 625-8049
Director, LCSE Research interests: Numerical Astrophysics; hydrodynamic simulations applied to a wide range of astrophysical problems.

Wygant, John (612) 626-8921
Professor Research interests: Spacecraft measurement of electric fields and particle acceleration in space plasmas.

[top]Postdoctoral Associates

Dickinson, Hugh Tate 275-04
Postdoctoral Associate

Kovacs, Attila
Postdoctoral Associate Research interests: Submillimeter astronomy

Mendygral, Peter
Postdoctoral Associate Research Interests: Computational astrophysics, magnetohydrodynamics, active galaxies, galaxy clusters

Phillips, John Tate 275-04
Postdoctoral Associate

Shahinyan, Karlen Tate 301-15
Postdoctoral Associate

[top]Professional and Academic

Song, Yan Tate 285-09 (612) 624-4053
Senior Scientist

[top]Graduate Students

Bagley, Micaela Tate 201-04

Bullock, Eric PAN 320 (612) 621-1467

Chauhan, Sourabh Tate 201-04

Cheshire, James PAN 320 (612) 621-1467

Eggen, Nathan Tate 201-04

Garon, Avery Tate 201-08

Gomer, Matthew Tate 201-08 (612) 626-2052

Gordon, Michael Tate 201-02

Hall, Grantland PAN 382C

Knuth, Trevor Tate 201-15

Mao, Huaqing Tate 201-02

Mehta, Vihang Tate 201-04

Nolting, Christopher Tate 201-02

O'Neill, Brian Tate 201-02

Priewe, Jett Tate 201-02

Sandalski, Stou Tate 270

Tyler, Evan Tate 201-15
Young, Anthony Tate 201-08

Young, Karl PAN 314


Thibeault, Terry Tate 285-00 (612) 624-4811
Program & Project Specialist

Lindsay, Katherine Tate 285-22 (612) 624-7053
Interim Administrator

[top]Locations and Phone Numbers

AST 1001 Labs Tate B27 & B29  
Teaching Asst. Office Tate 510
Computer Support (612) 624-5040
Institute Office Tate 285-00 (612) 624-4811
Infrared Lab Tate 270 (612) 626-2067
Laboratory for Computational Science and Engineering (LCSE) Walter 125/126 (612) 625-2879
(612) 626-0030 (fax)
Mt. Lemmon Observatory Tucson, AZ (520) 576-1617
Public Outreach  
O'Brien Observatory Marine-on-St.Croix, MN (651) 433-3425