Dr. Mercedes Lopez-Morales

Center for Astrophysics, Harvard & Smithsonian

Dr. Mercedes López-Morales is a Federal Government Scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. She joined the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian in Cambridge, MA in 2012, where she leads various research programs focused on the detection and characterization of exoplanetary atmospheres with ground-based telescopes, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope. She also works on the development of new techniques to detect bio-signatures in earth-analogs with future space and ground-based instrumentation. Prior to joining the Center for Astrophysics, Dr. López-Morales was a Scientist at the Spanish National Research Council’s Institute of Space Sciences in Barcelona, Spain. She has authored over 150 referee publications on topics related to astronomical instrumentation, stellar astrophysics and exoplanets, and has received a number of awards. Dr. López-Morales earned her Bachelors Degree in Physics from the University of La Laguna, in the Canary Islands, Spain, and her Masters of Science and PhD in Astrophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a Carnegie/NASA Astrobiology Institute postdoctoral fellow and a Hubble Fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. 

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