Dr. Corrales studies the interstellar dust in the foreground of bright X-ray sources with X-ray imaging and spectroscopy. By determining the abundance, composition, and size distribution of interstellar dust, we learn about the chemical evolution of the Universe and the origin of life. Dust also affects the way we interpret astronomical data at all wavelengths. Studying dust with X-rays requires complex observational techniques that push against the limit of our telescopes. This fuels her interest in advanced X-ray observational tools and data analysis techniques.
Dr. Corrales takes on various leadership roles in the professional astronomy community. She is a member of the Committee for the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA) within the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and organized workshops for the Women in Astronomy IV conference (June 2017). Dr. Corrales is the Astropy Tutorial Content Lead for the Astropy Collaboration, where she seeks to create a more inclusive research environment by sharing Python code tools and encouraging new contributors.