JAO Science Team

  • Belén Alcalde

    Belén Alcalde

    ESO-ALMA Fellow


    Science Interests: Galaxy formation and evolution across cosmic time, massive high-redshift galaxies, stellar properties, molecular gas, and dust.
    Technical Interests: Multiwavelength observations, (sub)-mm single-dish and interferometry observations, machine and deep learning techniques.

  • Elizabeth Artur de la Villarmois

    Elizabeth Artur de la Villarmois

    ESO-ALMA Fellow


    Scientific interests: Low-mass star formation and planet formation around circumstellar disks. Astrochemistry and the study of the molecules that are present at the time of planet formation.

    Tecnical interests: Radioastronomy, mm/submm observations with interferometers or single-dish.

  • Yoshiharu Asaki

    Yoshiharu Asaki

    NAOJ Associate Professor


    Science Interests: Dynamics of gas motions around evolved stars and of massive star forming regions by observing astrophysical masers. Precise astrometry using radio interferometry with an accuracy of milli arcseconds.
    Technical interests: Calibration techniques for correcting interferometer observable errors especially due to the Earth atmosphere and interferometer instruments.

  • Drew Brisbin

    Drew Brisbin

    Science Archive Content Manager


    Science interests: galaxies at high redshift, star formation feedback mechanisms, AGN, metallicity in the early universe, abundance tracers, fine structure lines, dust, climate engineering

    Technical interests: radio interferometry, submillimeter instrumentation, bolometer arrays, unfilled aperture synthesis

  • John Carpenter

    John Carpenter

    WSU Project Director Acting and Observatory Scientist

    Personal Website

    Science Interests: Circumstellar disks, debris disks, structure of molecular clouds, and star formation.
    Technical interests: mm/submm. interferometry, single-dish mm/submm astronomy, statistics

  • Luciano Cerrigone

    Luciano Cerrigone

    Science Operations Astronomer


    Scientific interests: circumstellar envelopes in intermediate- and high-mass stars, AGB and post-AGB stars, molecular outflows, radio continuum properties of Planetary nebulae, LBV nebulae.
    Technical interests: ground- and space-based mid-IR imaging and spectrometry, interferometry from the cm to the sub-mm range, single-dish techniques.

  • Chin-Shin Chang

    Chin-Shin Chang

    Science Archive Content Manager


    Science Interests: Galaxies and supermassive black holes, jets and outflows. Active Galactic Nuclei studies using Very Long Baseline Interferometry, in particular the VLBI kinematics and the multi-wavelength studies (radio/optical/X-ray/gamma-ray) on AGN inner-jet. M87 jet dynamics.
    Technical interests: VLBI wide-fied (more…)

  • Juan Cortés

    Juan Cortés

    Program Management Group Manager


    Science Interests: Interacting and merging Galaxies, lenticular and elliptical galaxies, galaxy formation, galaxy evolution along z, high-z submillimeter galaxies, galaxy stellar and gas dynamics.
    Technical interests: mm/submm. interferometry, Integral Field spectroscopy, single-dish mm/submm astronomy.

  • Paulo Cortés

    Paulo Cortés

    Operations Astronomer


    Science Interests: Star formation, magnetic fields, formation of molecular clouds, interacting and merging galaxies, galaxy formation, galaxy evolution, high-z submillimeter galaxies.
    Technical interests: mm/submm. interferometry, single-dish mm/submm astronomy, parallel and distributed computing.

  • Andrea Corvillón

    Andrea Corvillón

    Proposal Handling Team Lead


    Science interests: Stellar evolution, AGB stars, extrasolar planets.
    Technical Interests: Statistics, SQL queries, python scripts.

  • Bill Dent

    Bill Dent

    System Astronomer


    Science Interests: Protostellar disks, debris disks, planet formation, protostellar outflows, Galactic Centre, line & continuum radiative transfer models.
    Technical interests: Correlators & frontend receivers, ir & submm spectroscopy, interferometry.

  • Harold Francke

    Harold Francke

    Science Archive Content Manager


    Science Interests: Galaxy formation and evolution, especially at high redshift, and its relation to active galactic nuclei. Cosmology and large scale structure.
    Technical interests: Optical and NIR imaging and spectroscopy data processing. Radio, mm and sub-mm interferometry and aperture synthesis. Multiwavelength datasets analysis.

  • José Gallardo Narbona

    José Gallardo Narbona

    Science Archive Content Manager


    Science Interests: Evolutionary models of low mass stars, brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets. Atmospheric models of young stellar and sub-stellar objects. Intermediate and high mass star formation. Proto-stellar outflows, proto-stellar and debris disks. Binary stellar systems.
    Technical interests: Optical/infrared imaging, photometry, spectroscopy; sub-mm/mm/radio interferometry.

  • Jorge F. García Yus

    Jorge F. García Yus

    Science Archive Content Manager


    Science Interests: Galactic structure, star formation, solar system and exoplanets.
    Technical interests: Optical/IR/MIR imaging and photometry. Multi wavelength surveys, catalog and databases. Ground telescope observations. Ultimately VO interoperability.

  • Laura Gómez

    Laura Gómez

    Science Archive Content Manager


    Science Interests: Star formation at early evolutionary stages, fragmentation and structure of molecular clouds, proper motions of radio sources.
    Technical interests: cm/mm/submm interferometry, cm/mm/submm single dish techniques (bolometer and heterodyne), mosaicking with interferometer, combining interferometry and single dish data.

  • Kevin Harrington

    Kevin Harrington

    ESO-ALMA Fellow


    Science interests: Understanding the build-up of stellar mass across cosmic time; Cold neutral (molecular/atomic) and ionized interstellar medium of high-redshift (z >1) galaxies; Strongly lensed, high-redshift galaxies; Progenitor galaxy cluster environments in the early Universe; Disentangling the physical processes of galaxies with co-evolving AGN and star-formation activity
    Technical Interests: Radio / (sub)mm / IR spectroscopy and (more…)

  • Akihiko Hirota

    Akihiko Hirota

    System Astronomer


    Science Interests: Spectroscopic observations of molecular clouds, statistical census of star formation in galactic disks, galactic dynamics

    Technical interests: Single-dish and interferometric observation at mm and sub-mm wavelengths. Software development of the telescope control software.

  • Elizabeth Humphreys

    Elizabeth Humphreys

    Head of the Department of Science Operations


    Dr. Liz Humphreys joined the ALMA project in September 2009 as an astronomer in the European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC).
    She was appointed Deputy Head of the ARC Department in 2016. She received her Ph.D. at the University of Bristol, UK, and performed postdocs at Onsala Space Observatory in Sweden and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, before joining the European Southern Observatory (ESO) (more…)

  • Seiji Kameno

    Seiji Kameno

    System Astronomer


    Science Interests: Formation and fueling of active galactic nuclei, optimization of radio astronomy system such as interferometry, spectroscopy, and polarimetry.

  • Ruediger Kneissl

    Ruediger Kneissl

    Operations Astronomer


    Science Interests: Observational cosmology, cosmic microwave background, clusters of galaxies, Sunyaev-Zel'dovich observations, radio- and sub-mm galaxies.
    Technical interests: cm-submm interferometry and single dish, bolometer arrays, imaging techniques and simulations.

  • Evgenia Koumpia

    Evgenia Koumpia

    ESO-ALMA Fellow


    Science Interests: Multiwavelength studies of low- and high- mass star forming environments to trace their dynamics, chemistry and evolution, close binaries, dense cores, massive stellar evolution,
    Technical interests: Far (mm) and near IR interferometry, (sub)-mm mapping, optical spectroscopy.

  • Stéphane Leon

    Stéphane Leon

    System Astronomer


    Science Interests: Effects of the environment on stellar systems, globular clusters, dynamics of the molecular gas in galaxies, ISM content of radio galaxies, barred and isolated galaxies.
    Technical interests: mm/submm, interferometry and single dish, wide field telescopes, numerical simulations.

  • Cristián López

    Cristián López

    Data Analyst


    Science Interests: Star Formation, Giant Molecular Clouds, and gas and dust in the ISM.
    Technical interests: Continuum and Spectral observations in mm/sub-mm single dish and interferometric telescopes. Verification and optimisation of single dish and interferometric arrays.

  • Gabriel Marinello

    Gabriel Marinello

    Data Analyst

    Scientific Interests: Observational cosmology, large-scale structure of the Universe, galaxy clusters, galaxy evolution in clusters, cosmic microwave background, Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect observations, quasars.
    Technical Interest: Mm/submm interferometry, single-dish mm/submm astronomy, optical imaging and spectroscopy, (more…)

  • Sergio Martín

    Sergio Martín

    Operations Performance Group Manager


    Science Interests: Astrochemistry and molecular spectroscopy. Evolution of active galaxies. Starburst, AGN and ULIRG environments. Galactic Center.

    Technical interests: mm and submm single dish and interferometric observations and calibration.

  • Hugo Messias

    Hugo Messias

    DSO Astronomer


    Science Interests: Galaxy and super-massive black-hole co-evolution; gas content and dynamics; galaxy growth mechanisms; IR-selected AGN; distant sub-millimeter/radio-selected galaxies.

    Technical Interests: IR to radio; interferometry; VLBI observations with phased ALMA; data calibration; statistics.

  • James Miley

    James Miley

    JAO Fellow

    Personal Website

    Science interests: Structure and evolution of protoplanetary disks, debris disks, star and planet formation, intermediate mass stars
    Technical Interests: Radio/sub-mm/mm interferometry and imaging, radiative transfer modelling

  • Theodoros Nakos

    Theodoros Nakos

    Data Management Group Manager


    Science Interests: Photometry and astrometry of binary stars, multi-wavelength detection of quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), gravitational lensing.

    Technical Interests: Photometry (optical, near and mid-infrared), astrometry, calibrations, space and ground-based instrumentation


  • Priscilla Nowajewski

    Priscilla Nowajewski

    Data Analyst

    Personal Website

    Science Interests: Astrobiology, Planetary Sciences, Planetary Atmospheres, Planetary Habitability, Exoplanet's and Solar System planet's climatology, Dust storm prediction on Mars, Atmospheric Dynamics, Climate Change, Climate at High Obliquity.

    Technical interests: General Circulation Models, Weather Forecasting, Photometry, Spectroscopy IR/Radio. Programming (Python, Bash), Machine Learning.

  • Kurt Plarre

    Kurt Plarre

    Data Analyst


    Science Interests: Bayesian methods, inverse problems in Astronomy
    Technical interests: mm/sub-mm astronomy. Antenna/array verification, maintenance and calibration. Data manipulation and visualization. Data reduction. Web development.

  • Matias Radiszcz

    Matias Radiszcz

    Data Analyst


    Science Interests: Dusty disc in white dwarfs, interacting binaries, and evolverd stars. Brown dwarfs, exoplanets, planetary system formation/evolution, and protoplanetary disks. Stellar populations in the Milky Way, and Milky Way structure. Astrometry.
    Technical interests: Sub mm/radio interferometry, and single dish data reduction and (more…)

  • David Rebolledo

    David Rebolledo

    Science Operations Astronomer


    Science Interests: Different phases of the interstellar medium and the process of star formation at different size scales in nearby galaxies and the Milky Way.
    Technical interests: Radio astronomy, interferometry at cm/mm wavelengths, and techniques to combine single dish images with interferometric data.

  • Alejandro Santamaria Miranda

    Alejandro Santamaria Miranda

    ESO-ALMA Fellow


    Science Interest: Star formation at the low mass end: brown dwarfs and very low mass stars from pre-stellar core to Class II sources. Jets and molecular outflows. Accretion in protoplanetary disks.
    Technical Interest: Sub-mm interferometry, optical and infrared spectroscopy.

  • Tsuyoshi Sawada

    Tsuyoshi Sawada

    System Astronomer


    Science Interests: Interstellar medium in the Galaxy and galaxies.
    Technical interests: mm/submm. interferometry and single-dish antennas.

  • Giorgio Siringo

    Giorgio Siringo

    Front-End Technical Lead


    Science Interests: magnetic field and star formation, galactic magnetic field, AGN variability, anisotropies and polarization of the Cosmic Background Radiation
    Technical interests: mm/submm detectors, single-dish, interferometry and polarization, imaging, data reduction

  • Yiqing Song

    Yiqing Song

    ESO-ALMA Fellow


    Science Interests: Luminous Infrared Galaxies, Interacting and Merging Galaxies, Dusty obscured star formation and AGN, Starburst Galaxies.

    Technical Interests: Radio/sub-mm/mm interferometry, Multi-scale data combination and imaging, VLBI imaging.

  • Ignacio Toledo

    Ignacio Toledo

    Data Analyst


    Science Interests: Diffuse light and evolution in galaxy clusters. Bulge and Galactic plane studies in near-infrared. Extrasolar planetary transits.

    Technical interests: mm/submm interferometry and aperture synthesis. Optical and near-infrared data reduction techniques. Virtual Observatory publishing and data mining.

  • Jaime Vargas

    Jaime Vargas

    ESO-ALMA Fellow


    Scientific Interests: Low-mass Star Formation, high-energy processes in Young Stellar Objects (YSOs), radio variability in YSOs at high-time resolution, stellar proper motions, magnetic field structure in star forming regions.

    Technical Interests: Radio time domain at cm- to mm-wavelengths, cm and mm interferometry (VLA, ALMA, and VLBI), Optical and NIR photometry and polarimetry.

  • Celia Verdugo

    Celia Verdugo

    Data Analyst


    Science Interests: Star formation at low metallicity, molecular gas, molecular clouds and clumps.
    Technical interests: mm/submm astronomy. Single dish and interferometry observations, data reduction and analysis. Bolometers and heterodyne receivers.

  • Liza Videla Altieri

    Liza Videla Altieri

    Science Archive Content Manager


    Science Interests: Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN), Seyfert galaxies, central engine of AGN, massive black holes at galactic centers, Ultra Luminous Infrared Galaxies (ULIRGs), starburst galaxies, galaxy evolution.
    Technical interests: Data reduction, astronomical databases, Virtual Observatory, interferometric techniques, imaging and spectroscopy in infrared and radio

  • Baltasar Vila-Vilaro

    Baltasar Vila-Vilaro

    System Astronomer


    Science Interests: Nuclear activity in galaxies, lenticular and elliptical galaxies, molecular and atomic gas properties along the Hubble Sequence, Milky Way structure.
    Technical interests: mm/submm. interferometry, calibration.

  • Miguel Vioque

    Miguel Vioque

    JAO Fellow

    Personal Website

    Science interests: Star formation, Herbig Ae/Be stars, T Tauri stars, pre-main sequence accretion, open clusters and Galactic structure, protoplanetary and debris disks, planet formation, variable stars, emission-line stars, Be stars.

    Technical interests: UV to mid-IR observations, astrometry, Gaia, machine learning, statistics, big data and large-scale surveys, mm/sub-mm interferometry, optical and infrared spectroscopy.