Erik Petigura

Assistant Professor
Astronomy & Astrophysics
Office: Knudsen 6-130
Phone: 310-794-1613

Educational Background

PhD UC Berkeley, 2015

Research Interest

Professor Erik Petigura joined the Astronomy and Astrophysics Division in July 2019. Prior to his appointment at UCLA Professor Petigura was a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech. His main research interests are the discovery and characterization of extrasolar planets, using ground- and space-based telescopes. Professor Petigura completed his undergraduate work in physics and astrophysics at UC Berkeley. For his thesis, also completed at Berkeley, he worked with the Kepler space telescope to measure prevalence of planets as small as Earth. This work was awarded the 2014 Cozzarelli Prize from the National Academy of Sciences.