- Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Arizona, 1998
- B.Sc., Theorical Physics, University of Science & Technology of China, 1989
Areas of Specialty
Doppler extrasolar planet searches, extrasolar planet detection and characterization, high contrast imaging of extrasolar planets, optical and infrared astronomical instrumentation and techniques, and quasar absorption line systems.
My research is focused on a large scale extrasolar planet search around FGK stars using new generation multi-object Doppler instruments, part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) III program, a search for low mass extrasolar planets around FGK stars using a network of new generation single object extremely high precision Doppler instruments, development of IR Doppler techniques for planet searches around M dwarfs, development of high contrast imaging technique for direct imaging of extrasolar planets, observations of dusty quasar absorber galaxies at high redshifts and astrobiology..
I am currently a Professor of Astronomy at University of Florida. After receiving my PhD in Astronomy under the supervision of Roger Angel at Steward Observatory, University of Arizona in 1998, I spent nearly two years as a postdoctoral research staff member at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. I spent four years at Pennsylvania State University as an assistant professor before I moved to UF as a professor in 2004. I received a W.M. Keck foundation grant in 2005. I was one of the 40 under 40 stars in Gainesville magazine in 2005. I am the principal investigator of Multi-object APO Radial Velocity Exoplanet Large-area Survey (MARVELS) of the SDSS-III program