Lauren Weiss

334 Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-2865

Research Interests

Weiss measures fundamental exoplanet properties with the goals of (1) understanding the origin and evolution of planetary systems, and (2) assessing exoplanet habitability. Exoplanet science is an explosive new field catalyzed by the discovery of over 4000 exoplanets via the NASA Kepler and TESS missions [1,2]. The field will continue to evolve rapidly over the next several decades as we push observational techniques toward the discovery of Earth-like planets. At Notre Dame, Weiss will establish a world-class exoplanet research group using Doppler spectroscopy (radial velocities) to answer diverse questions about exoplanet masses, interior compositions, orbits, formation, and habitability. Her work complements existing strengths at Notre Dame, including access to the W. M. Keck Observatory and Justin Crepp’s development of iLocator for the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT).


University of California at Berkeley 2011 - 2016, PhD & MA in Astronomy
Dissertation: “The Masses and Orbital Dynamics of Exoplanets”

University of Cambridge 2010-2011, MPhil in Astronomy

Harvard University 2006-2010. BA cum laude in Astronomy & Astrophysics, with secondary concentration in English