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I am a professor in the Astronomy Department at the  University of Massachusetts in Amherst. I received my Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and I spent three years as a Spitzer postdoctoral fellow at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. 


My research is focussed on: galaxy formation and evolution, submillimetre and infrared galaxies, star formation rates, active galactic nuclei, spectral energy distributions, interstellar medium conditions at high redshift, galaxy clusters, and the cosmic infrared background.


Recent Highlights

May 11, 2018

I was honored to receive the UMass Distinguished Graduate Mentor Award at the 2018 Graduate Commencement.

Apr 05, 2018

Undergraduate Kenneth Lin awarded summer research fellowship in Japan

Kenneth will participate in the 2018 Nakatani RIES U.S. Fellows Program this summer.

Jan 09, 2018

UMass students present at the AAS

Three of my students presented posters on their research at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, DC.

Sarah Betti, graduate student

Jan 08, 2018

UMass booth at the Undergrad reception at the AAS meeting

Grad students Katie Grasha and Sarah Betti helped set up our booth and network with undergrads interested in our graduate program. We had an awesome time meeting so many great students!!

Dec 14, 2017

I gave an invited review talk on dust in distant galaxies and participating in a discussion panel focused on key science questions in the coming decade.

Nov 13, 2017

Knowledge Across Borders: a Celebration of US-Mexico Scholarly Exchanges

I chaired a panel at the UMass event to showcase our successful collaboration with Mexico for the LMT. More info.

Mar 23, 2017

New paper : Dusty star formation in a gravitationally lensed distant galaxy

Our mission concept for the NASA Far-Infrared Surveyor is called the Origins Space Telescope. Visit our new website (linked above)!

I gave a NASA hyperwall at the recent AAS meeting about the exciting extragalactic science with the Origins Space Telescope.

May 06, 2016

UMass Graduate Commencement 2016

Congratulations Allison



Apr 29, 2016

Observing run at the LMT




Mar 11, 2016

Over the coming years the STDT will play a central role in preparing a compelling and executable FIR mission concept for consideration by the 2020 Decadal Survey.

Jan 26, 2016

Congrats to Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick for successfully defending her PhD!


Nov 09, 2015

Organized astronomy activities for 7 year old girls at Girls Inc Holyoke

Jul 07, 2015

Designed and organized a 3-day astronomy outreach workshop for the Girls Inc Eureka program

Jun 01, 2015

Six new undergraduate summer interns start today

More information on our Five College undergraduate summer intern program which I organize

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Office: 620 Lederle


Mailing address:


University of Massachusetts
Department of Astronomy

University of Massachusetts

Amherst, MA 01003

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