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Lia Corrales

Assistant Professor

Office Information:

University of Michigan Department of Astronomy
West Hall
1085 S. University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Astronomy; Extreme Astrophysics; Stars & Exoplanets


Dr. Corrales works on various problems in high resolution X-ray spectroscopy and advanced observational techniques that extend the limits of modern day observatories. Her primary research focus is on the astromineralogy of interstellar dust, which yields insight on the chemical evolution of the Universe and the origin of life. Her expertise in the Chandra X-ray Observatory has led her to study the low-luminosity accretion flow of Sgr A*, the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Her research group has now expanded to study high energy transmission spectroscopy of exoplanet atmospheres and the role of high energy irradiation planetary evolution.

Dr. Corrales works to develop inclusive research environments in a variety of forms.  She is a co-chair for American Astronomical Society (AAS) Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA), has organized workshops for the Women in Astronomy IV conference (June 2017), and is the Astropy Tutorial Content Lead for the Astropy Collaboration.

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