Dr. Catherine C. Espaillat (she/her)


I study how young stars and planets form out of protoplanetary disks.  I am particularly interested in characterizing the “footprints” that protoplanets leave behind and use multiwavelength observations in my research.

I am an Associate Professor of Astronomy at Boston University.  Before starting at BU in 2013, I was an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow and a NASA Carl Sagan Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I earned a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Michigan in 2009 and received my B.A. from Columbia University in 2003. I am a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER award and the Sloan Research Fellowship.