Ata Sarajedini

Professor · Associate Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences



211D Bryant Space Science Center
2014 Turlington
(352) 294–1877
(352) 392–5089

Educational Background
  • Ph.D., Astronomy, Yale University, 1992
  • M.Phil., Astronomy, Yale University, 1988
  • M.Sc., Astronomy, Yale University, 1988
  • B.Sc., Physics & Astronomy, Yale College, 1986
Areas of Specialty
Resolved stellar populations, galaxy formation, star clusters, dwarf galaxies, variable stars, stellar evolution.

Research Interests
My research is focused on resolved stellar populations in Local Group galaxies. These include field stars, open and globular clusters in the Milky Way, M31, M33, the Magellanic Clouds, and the numerous nearby dwarf galaxies. When we resolve individual stars in these systems, we can apply our knowledge of star formation and stellar evolution to understanding the process of galaxy formation and evolution.

I am currently a Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida. After receiving my PhD in Astronomy at Yale in 1992, I spent five years as a postdoctoral researcher and a Hubble Fellow at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I then moved to San Francisco State University as a Hubble Fellow. I spent two years at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT as an Assistant Professor before moving to UF in 2001. I received an NSF CAREER award in 2001 and a University of Florida Research Professor award in 2006.