Dr. Catherine C. Espaillat


I study how planets form around young stars, particularly by characterizing the “footprints” that protoplanets leave behind.

I received my B.A. from Columbia University in 2003 and earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Michigan in 2009. I went on to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow and a NASA Carl Sagan Fellow. I joined the Department of Astronomy at Boston University as an Assistant Professor in 2013. I am a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award and the Sloan Research Fellowship.