Curriculum Vitae

Bárbara Rojas Ayala

Departamento de Ciencias Físicas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Andrés Bello

Fernández Concha 700 Edificio C1 Piso 3, 7591538 Santiago, Chile

Phone: +56 2 2661 8875 Email: Web:


  • 2016- Present: Assistant Professor at the Department of Physical Sciences of Universidad Andrés Bello, Chile.
  • 2013- 2016: Researcher at the Instituto de Astrofísica e Ciências do Espaço, Centro de Astrofísica da Universidade do Porto, Portugal.
  • 2011-2013: Postdoctoral Research Scientist, American Museum of Natural History, USA.
  • 2005-2011: PhD in Astronomy with minor in Earth Sciences at Cornell University, USA.


  • The use of optical, near-infrared and mid-infrared photometry and spectra to determinate the reliable and precise characteristics of M dwarf stars, for their comprehensive study and the proper characterization of their exoplanets.
  • Characterization of nearby low-mass stars and brown dwarfs in young associations.
  • Exploration of exoplanet/brown dwarf detection techniques for stellar science.


  • 21 refereed papers (4 as leading author) published between 2009 and the present date (including A&A, ApJ, AJ, and MNRAS);
  • 8 articles in the proceedings of scientific conferences/workshops (4 as leading author);
  • Citations in refereed papers: ∼947 citations in ADS, with an average of 65.3 citations per refereed paper (an average of ∼56 citations per first author refereed paper).
  • 2010-2016: 9 invited/review talks and 4 contributed talks in international conferences, 14 seminar talks at university/science institutions.


  • 2015-present: Mentor of Pedro Sarmento, Graduate Student, IA-Porto, Portugal.
  • 2013-2014: Mentor of P. Quintral, Graduate student, CAUP, Portugal.
  • 2013: Co-mentor of D. Iglesias, undergraduate student at PUC, Chile.
  • 2011-2013: Mentor of 6 high-school students from the After-School and NASA SRMP program at AMNH, USA.
  • 2011-2013: Instructor of the “Stars” course part of the After-School and NASA SRMP program at AMNH, USA.
  • 2004-2007: Teaching assistant of several undergraduate courses at U. de Chile and Cornell University.


  • Palomar Observatory: Hale 200-inch Telescope (TripleSpec)
  • Las Campanas Observatory: Irénée Du Pont Telescope (ModSpec), Baade Telescope (IMACS)
  • CTIO: SMARTS 1.5-meter Telescope (RC-Spectrograph), SOAR Telescope (OSIRIS)
  • MDM Observatory: Hiltner and McGraw-Hill Telescopes (CCDS)
  • Kitt Peak National Observatory:Mayall Telescope (CCD Echelle)
  • La Silla Observatory: NTT (SOFI), 3.6m (HARPS)


  • 2013-2016: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) Post-doctoral Fellowship.
  • 2012: American Astronomical Society (AAS) Rodger Doxsey Prize Winner.
  • 2011: Astronomical Society of New York (ASNY) Graduate Student Prize Paper Winner.
  • 2010-2011: Cornell University Z. Carter Patten ’25 Graduate Fellowship in Astronomy.
  • 2009-2010: AURA Claudio Anguita Fellowship
  • 2009: Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research.
  • 2004: CTIO Práctica en Investigación en Astronomía (PIA) Program Research Assistantship


  • 2017-present: 2nd Vicepresident SOCHIAS.
  • 2016-present: LOC member, Astrobiology 2017, Research meeting by IAU Commission F3.
  • 2016-2017: SOC member, SOCHIAS Annual Meeting 2017.
  • 2016: SOC member, 19th Cambridge Workshop on Cool Stars, Stellar Systems, and The Sun.
  • 2015-present: Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) M dwarf target selection team member.
  • 2015-present: Lukay member.
  • 2014-present: GalileoMobile Outreach Project Member
  • 2013-present: Vista Variables of the Vía Láctea (VVV) survey team member.
  • 2012-present: Scientific Referee: ApJ, A&A, AJ, PASP
  • 2015: NASA's Astrophysics Data Analysis Program (ADAP) "Stellar Astrophysics and Exoplanets” Panel reviewer.
  • 2014: CS18 Splinter Organizer,”Portraying the Hosts: Stellar Science from Planet Searches”
  • 2012: CS17 Splinter Organizer,”M dwarfs in the light of (future) exoplanet searches”
  • 2012: Co-Founder of the AMNH Postdoc Group, AMNH.
  • 2008-2009: Lead Organizer, Star Lunch Seminar, Cornell University.
  • 2007-2010: Volunteer, CRSR E/PO Program, Cornell University.
  • 2006-2008: EYH and FocusForTeens Volunteer and Workshop Leader, Cornell University
  • 2006-2007: Graduate Women in Physics Officer, Cornell University.
  • 2003-2004: President of the Student Body for the Astronomy/Physics Department, U. de Chile.