Bárbara Rojas-Ayala


Instituto de Alta Investigación

Universidad de Tarapacá

Email: brojasayala AT uta.cl

Twitter/Instagram: @cosmicbabs

Orcid ID: 0000-0002-0149-130 Scopus Author ID: 26435483200 ResearcherID: G-4382-2015

I’m an observational astronomer interested in low-mass stars and exoplanets, particularly in the characterisation of M dwarf stars as planet hosts and as the main constituents of the Milky Way. Since 2019, I'm an Associate Professor at the Instituto de Alta Investigación (IAI) of the Universidad de Tarapacá (UTA)

Publications: You can find them all in this ADS list and in Publons

Curriculum Vitae: You can find it here.

Education/Research: I did my PhD at Cornell University (Dissertation: "The K-Band Metallicity and Spectral Type of M Dwarfs in the Solar Neighbourhood", under the supervision of James P. Lloyd. It got two prizes : AAS Doxsey and ASNY Grad paper). After gradschool, I was a postdoc at the AMNH, working with Sébastien Lépine and a FCT fellow at the IA-CAUP, in the EXOEarths group.

Outreach/Teaching: I've been involved in outreach and teaching since undergrad school. At Universidad de Chile, I was the teaching assistant of the astro intro course. At Cornell, I participated in several outreach activities and enjoyed being the leader of the “Rockets!” workshop in conferences encouraging teens to follow careers in science and technology (EYH and Focus For Teens). I also was one of the teaching assistants in the astro intro courses during my first two grad school years. At the AMNH, I was involved in the After-School Program and Nasa Science Research Mentoring Program (SRMP), being the instructor of the “Stars” course, and the mentor of 3 high-school students every year. Currently, I'm a mentor of graduate, master and undergraduate students at my institution and institutions in Europe and the United States. I also participated on the amazing GalileoMobile project.

Leadership: I was the president of the student body of the departments of Physics and Astronomy at Universidad de Chile. At Cornell, I held several officer roles in the CHilean ASsociation at Cornell (CHAS) and Graduate Women in Physics (GWP) student organisations. At the AMNH, I was one of the founders of the AMNH Postdoc group.

Other: I love ice-cream, super8s and Mr. Darcy. I like to dance, knit, read mystery novels, watch the extended versions of TLOTR movies, play Super Mario games, travel, watch and play football and ride my bike. Most of my friends call me Babs.

Links of Interest:


GalileoMobile GalileoMobile is a purely non-profit initiative run by astronomers, educators, and science communicators. It is a traveling science education programme that brings astronomy closer to young people around the world, and mainly across regions that have little or no access to outreach actions // GalileoMobile es una iniciativa voluntaria sin fines de lucro llevada a cabo por astrónomos, educadores y comunicadores de ciencia. Es un programa educativo itinerante que lleva la astronomía a niños y jóvenes alrededor del mundo, mayoritáriamente a regiones con poco o ningún acceso a programas de divulgación.

Speaking Up for Us Blog about Google Doodles and the misrepresentation of the gender diversity among actual creators and innovators, by my dear friend Ann Martin // Blog sobre Google Doodles y la tergiversación de la diversidad de género que realmente existe en creadores e innovadores, por mi querida amiga Ann Martin