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My main area of research is galaxy evolution over cosmological timescales. In particular, I study the structure, kinematics and stellar populations of galaxies both in the nearby universe and in the distant universe. The comparative analysis of these galaxy properties at differente epochs allows us to describe how galaxies have evolved in the last 12 billion years.
I  graduated in Physics and Astronomy in 1989 at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain). I obtained my PhD at the University of Durham (England) in 1994. My first postdoctoral position was held at the University of California Observatories in Santa Cruz, working on the "Deep Extragalactic Evolutionary Probe" Survey. In 1998, I was awarded a Hubble Fellowship at Yale University. I joined the UF Department of Astronomy in 2001 as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. I became a tenured Associate Professor at UF in 2003. In 2006, I was awarded a Distinguished Professorship at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and I maintained a joint position as Honorary Collaborator until 2009. I am currently Deputy PI of a major project entitled "First Science with the GTC", funded by the Consolider-Ingenio 2010 Program of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. From 2008 to 2010, I served as Chair of the GTC International Steering Committee and as Executive Director of the International School for Advanced Instrumentation. In 2009, I was promoted to Full Professor and appointed Chair of the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida.
Rafael Guzmán
Professor & Chairman
Department of Astronomy
University of Florida
Office: 211 Bryant Space
    Science Center
Phone: (352) 392-2052 x212
Email: guzman@astro.ufl.edu