Dr Elisa Chisari

Nora Elisa Chisari

Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellow
Department of Physics

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Dr Chisari studies “intrinsic alignment” processes that change the shapes and orientations of galaxies, such as tides across the Universe. She uses a combination of large-scale galaxy surveys, theory and simulations to understand what these tell us about the evolution and components of the Universe, and the formation of galaxies. Her work is closely related to the topic of gravitational lensing, the distortion of the light from a straight path by gravity, which also alters observed galaxy shapes.

Before coming to Oxford, Dr Chisari obtained her PhD in Astrophysics from Princeton University in the USA, and her undergraduate degree in Physics from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also passionate about science communication. She was an author for astrobites.org, a website bringing current research summaries to undergraduate students, and is nowadays writing for the Spanish version of the website, astrobitos.org.