Professor Michael Smith
Head of Astronomy and Planetary Science Group, Professor of Astronomy
Main area of research include: the origin of stars, astrophysical jets & outflows, shock waves, wide-field astronomy and molecular hydrogen.
Professor Nigel Mason OBE
Head of School, Professor of Molecular Physics
My research may be broadly classified as ‘Molecular Physics’ which encompasses several interdisciplinary themes: astrophysics & astrochemistry, environmental and atmospheric physics, plasma physics and nanolithography and next generation radiotherapy.
Professor Mark Burchell
Dean of Sciences, Professor of Space Science
Hypervelocity impacts on rock, sand, ices, and water to simulate impact events in the Solar System. Cratering, survival of projectile material, catastrophic disruption of targets are all studied. Survival against shock of material of astrobiological interest is also relevant.
Professor Stephen Lowry
Professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science
My research programme focuses on observations of Small Solar System Bodies (SSSBs), with particular emphasis on Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs), and comets, including Main Belt Comets (MBCs). This field is of particular importance as these bodies are the only surviving remnants of the formation era of our Solar System, and several space missions have been launched to these bodies to help answer fundamental questions regarding their nature.
Dr Dirk Froebrich
Senior Lecturer in Astronomy/Astrophysics
My main research areas are young protostars and their outflows, structure and properties of molecular clouds and the formation and evolution of star clusters, as well as the variability of young stars.
Dr Jingqi Miao
Senior Lecturer in Theoretical Astrophysics
My current research interest is on the formation mechanisms for filamentary structures over different scales and in a variety of physical environment, such as turbulence and magnetic field. I am also interested in how stellar feedback affects the surrounding environment.
Dr Mark Price
Senior Lecturer in Space Science
My research is in the area of hypervelocity impacts, which are ubiquitous throughout the Solar System. My main areas of interest are: Shock synthesis of organics and analysis of impact light flashes.
Dr Penny Wozniakiewicz
Lecturer in Space Science
My research interests include studying hypervelocity impacts in the laboratory, studying surfaces returned from low Earth orbit, investigating early solar system formation and evolution through the study of samples form comets and asteroids and investigating new methods for collecting extraterrestrial dust on Earth.
Dr James Urquhart
Lecturer in Physics and Astrophysics
My primary research interest is in the area of massive star formation; this is an area that underpins many fields in astrophysics and provides an opportunity to link star formation with the large-scale structure of the Milky Way and obtain a better understanding of star formation in the nearby Universe.