Laura Lopez

Laura Lopez

Laura Lopez

Associate Professor of Astronomy

4041 McPherson Lab

Areas of Expertise

  • Supernovae
  • Interstellar medium
  • Star formation in galaxies


  • Ph.D. Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011
  • S.B. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2004

Prof. Lopez is a multiwavelength observer who is broadly interested in topics related to supernovae (SNe), compact objects, star formation, and the interstellar medium (ISM). Prof. Lopez aims to bridge the gap between observations and theory by developing meaningful ways to compare theoretical predictions to observational results. Using this approach, Prof. Lopez demonstrated that the symmetry of supernova remnants reveals the nature of their originating explosions. Prof. Lopez is also known for her original work to assess observationally the comparative role of stellar feedback modes in the dynamics of star-forming regions.  Prof. Lopez uses observational facilities which cover the entire electromagnetic spectrum - radio, mm, infrared, optical, X-ray, and gamma-ray - to have a complete view of the relevant processes. In addition to her research, Prof. Lopez is also deeply committed to enhancing the participation and retention of diverse students in the sciences. In 2016, Prof. Lopez was awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Award of the American Astronomical Society.  She has been a professor at OSU since 2015.

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