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Academic Staff

Name and Position Research Interests
Dr. Nick Achilleos Dr. Nick Achilleos, Reader in Physics and Astronomy
Modelling and observation of the ionospheres and magnetospheres of Jupiter and Saturn; Solar Wind - Atmosphere Interaction (non-magnetized planets);  Solar Wind - Magnetosphere Interaction (magnetized planets). Physics and Astronomy, UCL
Prof. Dario Alfe Prof. Dario Alfe, Professor of Physics
Condensed Matter Physics / Mineral Physics Earth Sciences, UCL
Dr. Anusuya Aruliah Dr. Anasuya Aruliah, Senior Lecturer
Thermosphere-ionosphere-magnetosphere interactions; 
Fabry-Perot Interferometers and all-sky interferometers;
Neutral wind dynamo;  Meso-scale structure and dynamics in the high-latitude upper atmosphere.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL a.aruliah
Prof. Alan Alyward Prof. Alan Aylward, Reader, Emeritus Professor of Atmospheric Physics, Head of Atmospheric Physics Laboratory (Terrestrial) thermospheric and ionospheric physics;
Incoherent Scatter Radar;
Planetary upper atmospheres and ionospheres; Modelling of terrestrial and planetary atmospheres.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL a.aylward
Dr. Paul Bown Prof. Paul Bown, Professor of Micropalaentology Various aspects of calcareous nannoplankton which have an abundant and long fossil record and are principally used in sediment dating/correlation and palaeoceanography, with more recent applications in palaeobiology, evolution and biomineralisation studies. Earth Sciences, UCL p.bown
Prof. Donald Braben Prof. Donald Braben, Honorary Professor
  Earth Sciences, UCL d.braben
Prof. Graziella Branduardi-Raymont Prof. Graziella Branduardi-Raymont, Professor of Space Astronomy
Planets; X-ray spectroscopy; Space missions; Instrumentation. Astrophysics, MSSL, UCL g.branduardi-raymont
Dr. Charlie Bristow Dr. Charlie Bristow, Professor of Sedimentology Sedimentology Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck
Prof. John Brodholt Prof. John Brodholt, Professor of Mineral Physics
Geophysics and Mineral Physic. Earth Sciences, UCL j.brodholt
Prof. Andrew Coates Prof. Andrew Coates, Professor of Physics, Deputy Director (Solar System), MSSL Planetary magnetospheres; Plasma interaction with comets, Mars, Venus, Titan, Enceladus; Planetary surface imaging; Measuring water density in Mars' atmosphere from the surface; Radiation effects on the surface of Mars; Earth's magnetosphere and bow shock; Space weather and effects on spacecraft.
Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL
Prof. Ian Crawford Prof. Ian Crawford, Professor of Planetary Science and Astrobiology Lunar Science; Planetary Exploration; Astrobiology.
Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck i.crawford{at}
Dr. Francisco Diego Dr. Francisco Diego, Senior Research Fellow, University of London Observatory Public outreach; Optical instrumentation.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL fd{at}
Prof. David Dobson Prof. David Dobson, Reader of Earth Materials
High-pressure experiments on deep Earth materials; Synthesis and properties of new Fe-alloy phases relevant to the core; Transport properties of mantle mineral rocks and minerals; Deep seismicity. Earth Sciences, UCL d.dobson
Prof. Hilary Downes Prof. Hilary Downes, Professor of Geochemistry Origin and evolution of the Earth’s continental lower crust and the lithospheric upper mantle. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck h.downes
Dr. Jay Farihi Dr. Jay Farihi, Lecturer in Astrophysics
Exoplanets; Disks, planets, and asteroids in evolved stellar systems.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL
Prof. Andrew Fazakerley Prof. Andrew Fazakerley, Professor of Space Plasma Physics
Space Plasma Physics/Magnetospheric Physics; Investigating magnetospheric phenomena using co-ordinated multi-spacecraft datasets; Inter-experiment in-flight cross-calibration. Space Plasma Physics, MSSL, UCL anf{at}
Dr. Kevin Fong Dr. Kevin Fong, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Physiology Extreme environment physiology; Long-duration human space flight; Aerospace medicine.
Centre for Anaethesia, UCL k.fong
  Dr. Steve Fossey, Teaching Fellow in Astronomy, University of London Observatory
Extrasolar planets;
Interstellar medium;
Molecular astrophysics;
Diffuse Interstellar Bands.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL sjf{at}
Dr. Peter Grindrod Dr. Peter Grindrod, Lecturer in Planetary Science Surface-atmosphere exchange and the history of water on Mars. 
Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck
Prof. Louise Harra

Prof. Louise Harra, Professor of Solar Physics

The trigger for solar flares and coronal mass ejections;
The formation of the solar wind; The Sun-Earth connection.
Solar Physics, MSSL, UCL l.harra
Dr. Karen Hudson-Edwards Prof. Karen Hudson-Edwards, Professor in Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy Processes and products of the biogeochemical cycling of contaminants and nutrients in mine wastes, waters, dusts and contaminated land. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck k.hudson-edwards{at}
Dr. Adrian Jones Dr. Adrian P. Jones, Reader in Petrology
Igneous Petrology Earth Sciences, UCL
Dr. Geraint Jones Dr. Geraint Jones, Lecturer in Planetary Science, Head of Planetary Science Group, MSSL
Planetary magnetospheres and interactions with rings and moons; Cometary science; Comet- and dust-solar wind interaction; Interaction of unmagnetised planets with the solar wind; Heliospheric physics. Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL g.h.jones
Dr. Nick Lane Dr. Nick Lane, Reader in Evolutionary Biochemistry Evolutionary biochemistry and bioenergetics. Genetics, Evolution & Environment, Div. of Biosciences, UCL
Dr. Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni Prof. Carolina Lithgow-Bertelloni, Professor of Earth Sciences 
Geophysics and Geodynamics: the connection between the dynamics of planetary interiors and their surface expression, including the influence of dynamics on surface deformation and topography. Earth Sciences, UCL c.lithgow-bertelloni
Prof. Steve Miller Prof. Steve Miller, Professor of Planetary Science and Science Communication Chemistry and dynamics of the atmospheres of the Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Titan; Chemistry and dynamics of extra-solar planets; Using H3+ to investigate planetary atmospheres and the early Universe. Physics and Astronomy, UCL s.miller
Prof. Jan-Peter Muller Prof. Jan-Peter Muller, Professor of Image Understanding and remote Sensing, Head of Imaging Group, MSSL Life detection on other planets (in our solar system & beyond); Comparative morphology for understanding surface processes using 3D terrain;
Highly turbulent flow and how Giant Planets' banded structure and long-lived storms can persist; Sub-surface imaging systems from space.
Imaging, MSSL, UCL jpm{at}
Prof. Christopher Owen Prof. Christopher Owen, Professor of Physics
Space plasma physics and Magnetospheric physics. Space Plasma Physics, MSSL, UCL
Dr. Dominic Papineau Dr. Dominic Papineau, Lecturer in Geochemistry and Astrobiology Biosignatures on Mars and the early Earth  Earth Sciences, UCL d.papineau
Prof. Kevin Pickering Prof. Kevin Pickering, Professor of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Earth surface processes (particularly all aspects of deep-marine sedimentology, stratigraphy and tectonics); Surface processes on Venus; Global environmental issues; Stratigraphy, tectonics and sedimentation; Sediment geochemistry and clay mineralogy, particularly relating to deep-marine environments. Earth Sciences, UCL kt.pickering
Prof. David Price Prof. David Price, Professor of Mineral Physics and Vice Provost (Research) CMR; Earth History;
Earth's core; Earth's mantle;
Computational science; Flood basalts; Impacts; Mass extinction; Mineral physics;
Molecular dynamics; Quantum mechanics.
Earth Sciences, UCL
Dr. Gerald Roberts Prof. Gerald Roberts, Professor of Earthquake Geology; Head of Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck The growth of active normal faults and how their slip-rates and growth control earthquake recurrence and seismic hazards. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck gerald.roberts
Prof. Peter Sammonds Prof. Peter Sammonds, Professor of Geophysics Rock & Ice Physics: Mechanics of the Earth's crust and ice sheets by studying the fundamental physics and mechanics of geological materials; Impacts of climate change and natural hazards. Earth Sciences, UCL p.sammonds
Dr. Joanne Santini Dr. Joanne Santini, Senior Lecturer The study of microorganisms that metabolise toxic metals/semi-metals such as arsenic. Structural & Molecular Biology, Div. of Biosciences, UCL
Prof. Alan Smith Prof. Alan Smith, Professor of Detector Physics; Head of Department of Space and Climate Physics
Space technologies; Systems engineering with an enterprise context;  Technology planning. MSSL, UCL as{at}
Prof. Lars Stixrude Prof. Lars Stixrude, Professor of Geophysics; Head of Department of Earth Sciences, UCL Large-scale planetary processes through investigations of the fundamental atomic-scale physics of Earth- and planet-forming materials; Mineral physics; Earth and planetary liquids and fluids; Condensed matter physics; High pressure physics; Planetary structure and evolution. Earth Sciences, UCL l.stixrude
Dr. Ellen Stofan Dr. Ellen Stofan, Honorary Professor Geology of Venus, Mars, Titan, and Earth. Earth Sciences, UCL ellen{at}
Prof. Jonathan Tennyson Prof. Jonathan Tennyson, Professor of Physics
Theory of small molecules. In particular, computing spectra of these molecules (e.g. water) and colliding electrons (and occasionally positrons) with them, to investigate the astrophysical, atmospheric, plasma-related and other consequences of these processes. ExoMol PI. Physics and Astronomy, UCL j.tennyson
Dr. Giovanna Tinetti Prof. Giovanna Tinetti, Professor of Astrophysics Exoplanets characterisation;
Atmospheric and Planetary science; Radiative Transfer modelling.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL g.tinetti
Prof. Serena Viti Prof. Serena Viti, Professor of Astrophysics

Physics and Astronomy, UCL sv{at}
Prof. Lidunka Vocadlo

Prof. Lidunka Vocadlo, Professor of Mineral Physics

Ab initio simulation of the thermoelastic, melting and dynamic properties of planetary forming materials; Cryogenic-high T /high P experiments on planetary-forming materials; Ab initio simulation of the high P/T properties of metals. Earth Sciences, UCL l.vocadlo
Prof. John Ward Prof. John Ward, Professor of Synthetic Biology for Bioprocessing The use of bacteria, enzymes and phages to develop new chemicals, pathways and active entities. Structural & Molecular Biology, Div. of Biosciences, UCL j.ward
Prof. Duncan Wingham Prof. Duncan Wingham, Honorary Professor The flow and mass exchange of the Earth's ice sheets through the use of ultra-precise measurements from Earth orbiting satellites.
Earth Sciences, UCL djw{at}
Dr. Ian Wood Dr. Ian Wood, Senior Lecturer
Crystallography; X-ray and neutron powder diffraction; High pressure and high/low temperature diffraction experiments; Clay minerals;
Planetary ices.
Earth Sciences, UCL ian.wood
Dr. Sergei Yurchenko Dr. Sergei Yurchenko, Principal Research Associate ExoMol (project manager) Physics and Astronomy, UCL 

Research Staff

Name and Position Research Interests
Dr. Louise Alexander Dr. Louise Alexander, PDRA funded by the Leverhulme Trust  Lunar geochemistry  Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck l.alexander{at}
Dr. Carolina Bergfors Dr. Carolina Bergfors, Research Fellow  Evolved stellar and planetary systems. Star and planet formation. Low mass stars and brown dwarfs.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL
  Dr. Roberto Bugiolacchi, Leverhulme Fellow  MoonZoo CPS/UCL roberto.bugiolacchi
Dr. Joanna Fabbri Dr. Joanna Fabbri, CPS Scientific Officer
Europlanet RI NA1 Matrix
Physics and Astronomy, UCL joanna.fabbri
Dr. Colin Forsyth Dr. Colin Forsyth, Research Associate
Space plasma physics; Magnetospheric physics; Auroral physics. Space Plasma Physics, MSSL, UCL cfo{at}
  Dr. Gabriella Graziano, Postdoctoral Researcher    Earth Sciences, UCL  gabriella.graziano.10
Dr. Andrew Griffiths Dr. Andrew D. Griffiths, Senior Research Associate
Project Manager for the ExoMars PanCam instrument; Imaging the Martian surface and atmospheric phenomena; Determining landing site morphology from stereo images; Determining the altitude distribution of water vapour in the Martian atmosphere via solar spectral line absorption measurements. Imaging, MSSL, UCL andrew.griffiths
Dr. Patrick Guio Dr. Patrick Guio, Senior Research Fellow
Space plasma physics - Nonlinear waves and turbulence; Incoherent scattering - Theory and observation (EISCAT); High-performance computing - Plasma and planetary modelling. Physics and Astronomy, UCL p.guio
  Dr. Terence Hackwill
Lunar Geology
Earth Sciences, UCL t.hackwill
  Dr. Cui Hang, Postdoctoral Researcher  Computational Mineral Physics; MoltenEarth Earth Sciences, UCL c.hang
Jennifer Harris Dr. Jennifer HarrisBirkbeck Martian meteorites, Mars analogues, VNIR mineral spectroscopy, PanCam. Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck jennifer.harris
Dr. Lewis Pinault Dr. Lewis Pinault, Self-Funded SETI in the Solar System: Geochemical/ other detection systems for micron-scale evidence of Non-Terrestrial Artefacts (NTAs); Algorithms & search systems for detection of larger NTA fragments in high-resolution satellite imagery Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck l.pinault
Dr. Licia Ray Dr. Licia Ray, Research Fellow
Comparative planetary magnetospheres (Earth, Jupiter and Saturn); Auroral processes; Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling; Magnetospheric dynamics; Planetary ionospheres. Space Plasma PhysicsMSSL, UCL licia.ray
  Dr. Amy Ronksley, Postdoctoral Researcher Coupling of upper and lower atmosphere; 
SCANDI, FPIs and EISCAT radars;
Meteorology and space weather.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL   a.ronksley
  Dr. Roberto Scipioni, Postdoctoral Researcher  Computational Mineral Physics; MoltenEarth Earth Sciences, UCL  r.scipioni
Dr. Panagiotis Sidiropoulos Dr. Panagiotis Sidiropoulos, Research Associate
Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Image and Video Processing,
Computer Vision. 
Imaging, MSSL, UCL p.sidiropoulos
Dr. Marcell Tessenyi Dr. Marcell Tessenyi, Postdoctoral Researcher Understanding exoplanet atmospheres through infrared spectroscopy Physics and Astronomy, UCL  m.tessenyi 
Dr. Ingo Waldmann Dr. Ingo Waldmann, Postdoctoral Researcher  High resolution atmospheric spectra of exoplanets; 
Modelling of planetary atmospheres; 
Photometry of transiting extrasolar planets;
Detecting extrasolar planets using radial velocity and microlensing techniques.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL
Dr. Annie Wellbrock Dr. Anne Wellbrock, Research Associate
Plasma interactions with unmagnetised bodies in the solar system, especially Titan. Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL a.wellbrock
  Dr. Bing Xiao, Postdoctoral Researcher  Computational Mineral Physics; MoltenEarth Earth Sciences, UCL b.xiao

Technical staff

Name and Position Research Interests
Ms. Lin Gilbert Ms. Lin Gilbert, Operations Software Specialist Cassini operations; Flight, operational and data analysis software. MSSL, UCL l.gilbert
Mr. Craig Leff Mr. Craig Leff, PanCam Project Manager Project management; Mission operations; Mars exploration. MSSL, UCL cel{at}
Dr. Gethyn Lewis Dr. Gethyn Lewis, Senior Research Associate and Cassini Operations Manager Spacecraft charging; Spacecraft photoelectron and potential corrections; CAPS-ELS instrument operations; Top-hat electrostatic analysers; Data visualisation software. Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL g.lewis
  Dr. David Linder
Cassini operations.
MSSL, UCL drl{at}

Postgraduate students

  Lee Bardon, ERC (MoltenEarth, PI: Stixrude) Impact melting and vapourisation of planets, including the proto-Earth Earth Sciences, UCL lee.bardon.14
Kim Birkett Kim Birkett, STFC The physics of comets Planetary ScienceMSSL, UCL  k.birkett.12
  Eleni Bohacek, EPSRC CDT in IPES ExoMars PanCam Planetary ScienceMSSL, and Electronic & Electrical Engineering, UCL  eleni.bohacek.10
James Braithwaite James Braithwaite, ERC (MoltenEarth, PI: Stixrude) Material Behavior Governing the Evolution of the Magma Ocean Earth Sciences, UCL j.braithwaite
Abigail Calzada Diaz Abigail Calzada-Diaz, STFC Source regions of lunar meteorites 
Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck acalza01{at}
  Mario Damiano, ERC (ExoLoghts, PI: Tinetti)/INAF Exoplanets Physics and Astronomy, UCL  mario.damiano.15
Joel Davis Joel Davis, STFC Geomorphology and sedimentary geology of Mars; Ancient martian fluvial and deltaic systems; Inverted terrain on the Earth and Mars; DTM generation of terrestrials planets and moons; Ancient ocean basins and tectonic reconstructions. Earth Sciences, UCL joel.davis.09
  Ravi Desai, STFC Plasma instrumentation and negative ion detection at Saturn’s moons Planetary ScienceMSSL, UCL  ravindra.desai.14
Matthew Dodd Matthew Dodd, NERC - DTP
Biosignatures in Earth’s oldest sedimentary rocks Earth Sciences, UCL
William Dunn Will Dunn, STFC Transiting Exoplanets, Jupiter's X-Ray Emission and Aurora, Atmospheric Loss
Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL w.dunn
Amy Edgington Amy Edgington, STFC The internal structure, composition and magnetic field of Mercury
Earth Sciences, UCL
Marianna Felici Marianna Felici, Self-funded with STFC EU support for fees/travel Saturn's magnetosphere Planetary Science, MSSL, UCL
Helen Griffith Helen GriffithSTFC Evolved planetary systems and chemistry
of extrasolar planetesimals
Physics and Astronomy, UCL  helen.griffith.15
Rosie Hood Rosie Hood, Impact/Perren Space Weather;  Electrodynamics in the Upper Atmosphere
Physics and Astronomy, UCL  rosie.hood.13
Huma Irfan Huma Irfan, Self-funded
Planetary GIS, particularly Lunar GIS studies related to lunar digital elevation models and future lunar missions.
Earth & Planetary Sciences, Birkbeck 
David Johnson David Johnson, Impact/Met Office
Atmospheric modelling;
Data assimilation  techniques;
Space weather;
Physics and Astronomy, UCL djohnson{at}
Giuseppe Morello Giuseppe Morello, Impact/Perren  Exoplanets  Physics and Astronomy, UCL   giuseppe.morello.11
  Rok Nezic, STFC Polarimetry of comets Planetary ScienceMSSL, UCL, based at Armagh Observatory rok.nezic.14
  Oliver Price, STFC Comets Planetary ScienceMSSL, UCL  oliver.price.15
Kiky Putri Kiky Putri, Indonesia Endowment Fund for Education Scholarship Data Mining on Planetary Datasets (Mars) ImagingMSSL, UCL  alfiah.putri.15 
Leonardo Regoli Leonardo Regoli, Impact/Max Planck Society Saturn's magnetosphere  Planetary ScienceMSSL, UCL  leonardo.regoli.12
Marco Rocchetto Marco RocchettoSTFC Modelling of exoplanetary atmospheres; Photometry of transiting exoplanets; Evolved planetary systems Physics and Astronomy, UCL  m.rocchetto
Aidan Ross Aidan Ross, NERC CASE with NHM Carbon rich ureilite meteorites and early earth processes. Earth Sciences, UCL aidan.ross
Gillian Sclater Gillian Sclater, Self-funded Physics of dissociating clathrates in cryovolcanic vents: application to Titan, Enceladus and Triton. Earth Sciences, UCL g.sclater
Arianna Sorba Arianna SorbaSTFC Modelling planetary magnetospheres; Planetary aurorae; Magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling (at Jupiter and Saturn) Physics and Astronomy, UCL arianna.sorba.15
Roger Stabbins Roger Stabbins, UKSA Science preparations for ExoMars PanCam: Multispectral imaging of Martian geology and atmospherics Planetary ScienceMSSL, UCL roger.stabbins.10
  Aaron Stinson, STFC Polarimetry of small Solar System bodies  Planetary ScienceMSSL, UCL, based at Armagh Observatory ast{at} 
  Sam Taylor, STFC Saturn's magnetosphere Planetary ScienceMSSL, UCL  s.taylor.14
Angelos Tsiaras Angelos Tsiaras, ERC (ExoLights, PI: Tinetti) Exoplanets spectroscopy
Physics and Astronomy, UCL  atsiaras{at}
Indhu Varatharajan Indhu Varatharajan, STFC Planetary Science MSc student Physics and Astronomy, UCL   indhu.varatharajan.15
Ryan Varley Ryan Varley, Impact/MAPS, then ERC (ExoLights, PI: Tinetti) High resolution atmospheric spectra of exoplanets.
Physics and Astronomy, UCL r.varley
Fred Wilson Fred Wilson, ERC (MoltenEarth, PI: Stixrude) Thermodynamics of a MgO-CaO system under magma ocean conditions following giant impact Earth Sciences, UCL alfred.wilson.11 
Thomas Wilson Thomas WilsonSTFC Water production and chemistry in comets Physics and Astronomy, UCL thomas.wilson.14
  Elizabeth Wann, STFC The composition of the Core of terrestrial planets: the role of nickel and light elements. Earth Sciences, UCL elizabeth.wann.11
Tiziano Zingales Tiziano Zingales, ERC (ExoLoghts, PI: Tinetti)/INAF Exoplanets: Photometry of transiting planets Physics and Astronomy, UCL tiziano.zingales.15 

CPS Associates

Previous CPS members and associates of the group:

Name Research
Dr. Chris Arridge  Planetary magnetospheres; Robotic exploration of the solar system; Astrophysical magnetospheres.
Dr. Bob Barber  The optical properties of water; Water in comets.
David Barnes Heliospheric Physics; HELCATS (Heliospheric Cataloguing, Analysis and Technique Service) FP7 project using data from the STEREO twin spacecraft which is observing plasma structures in the solar wind.
Dr. Camila Danielski  Exoplanets 
Dr. Lewis Dartnell Astrobiology
Dr. Lottie Davis  Biomarkers in alkaline lakes and application to Mars
Dr. Caitriona Jackman Solar wind - magnetosphere coupling; Magnetotail dynamics (Saturn, Mercury, Jupiter, Earth).
Dr. Jamie Jasinski Saturn's magnetosphere
Dr. Adam Martins Hydrogen and Helium at conditions of Gas Giant interiors (Now programmer at UK Met Office)
Dr. Tom Nordheim Moon-magnetosphere interactions at Saturn and Jupiter; Space weathering effects on un-magnetised bodies; Modelling of cosmic ray interactions in neutral atmospheres; Planetary robotics.
Dr. Lucy Norman Astrobiology, Titan and the Self-Assembly of Amphiphiles
Dr. Nathan Pilkington Magnetospheric physics 
Dr. Wil Poole Mars:South Polar Cap landforms; Surface roughness. Earth: Glaciers; Polar Caps; Surface roughness.
Dr. Yudish Ramanjooloo Comets and their interaction with the Solar Wind
Dr. Elliot Sefton-Nash  Mapping and understanding the composition, distribution and geologic influence of volatiles in the solar system. 
Dr. Joshua Snape
Lunar meteorites and lunar regolith
Dr. Japheth Yates Exoplanets; Super Earths;
Atmosphere-magnetosphere coupling; Planetary Atmospheres. 

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