Susan Kassin


I am an assistant astronomer (tenure track) at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI).  I study the formation and evolution of galaxies from the beginning of the Universe to today.  Galaxies are basic building blocks of the Universe, and they indicate its overall evolutionary stage. 

Much of my research focuses on observing the internal kinematics of galaxies today and over the last 8 billion years.  I interpret these observations through the lens of theory, much of which relies on supercomputer simulations.  Most recently I have been studying how disk galaxies obtain the ordered dynamical state that they have today.


Research Summary

From the clean room window at NASA Goddard.  In the background are the JWST mirrors in their backplane.  May 1, 2016 (Photo courtesy L. Dressel)