Kris Stanek

Kris Stanek

Kris Stanek

Professor of Astronomy

614) 292-3433

4003 McPherson Lab

Areas of Expertise

  • Supernovae
  • Galactic structures
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Gamma-ray bursts


  • Ph.D. Astronomy, Princeton University, 1996
  • Magister of Astronomy, Warsaw University, 1991

A member of the faculty since 2005, Prof. Stanek is an observational astrophysicist working on massive stars, supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, and the cosmological distance scale. Among his research accomplishments, Prof. Stanek and collaborators showed conclusively that gamma-ray bursts are directly linked to the deaths of massive stars and pioneered the use of red clump stars as a distance indicator in the Galaxy and beyond. An overarching theme of Prof. Stanek’s work is a focus on time-domain astronomy, variability, and transients. With Prof. Kochanek and other collaborators, he is currently working on a new project to discover supernovae in the local universe using a dedicated all-sky automated survey.

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