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Diana Powell

Center for Astrophysics


Diana Powell is a NASA Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Theory and Computation at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. Diana will be starting as a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago in 2023. Diana studies the nature of extrasolar planets, how they form, and how they evolve. Her work spans a variety of topics, including protoplanetary disks, planet formation, and planetary atmospheres. She is particularly interested in using the detailed evolution of small particles to interpret observational data and understand planetary evolution.

BA in Astrophysics from Harvard University, 2014; PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, 2021