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Homepage of Sebastian Lopez (seba)


I am an astronomer. I study galaxy formation and evolution.
See here and here some press articles highlighting my work.
I am also astronomy professor at the Department of Astronomy of the Universidad de Chile


  • Email: slopez AT das DOT uchile DOT cl
  • Address: Departamento de Astronomia, Casilla 36-D, Santiago, Chile
  • Phone: +56 2 2977 1135


  • Associate Professor, U. de Chile, since 2006
  • Assistant Professor, U. de Chile, 2002-2005
  • Head of the Chilean Gemini Office, 2008-2010
  • Support Astronomer, Chilean Gemini Office, 2000-2007
  • Postdoc at U. de Chile, 2000-2001
  • Ph.D. Astrophysics (Dr. rer. nat.), University of Hamburg, Germany, 1999
  • Research Assistant (Halbe-Stelle ), University of Hamburg, Germany, 1996- 1999
  • Diplom Physiker (M.Sc.), University of Hamburg, Germany, 1994
  • B.Sc. Physics, Universidad de de Chile, 1989
  • See more details here

ad honorem Community Service

  • Chilean representative to the ESO Users Comittee, since 2018
  • Chilean representative to the ESO Observing Programmes Committee, 2016-2018
  • Head of the Chilean National Time Allocation Committee (CNTAC), 2011-2014
  • Director at the Chilean Astronomical Society (SOCHIAS), 2013-2015
  • Chilean Representative to the LSSTC Board of Directors, 2011-2016
  • Chilean Representative to the Science Council of the LSST telescope, 2009- 2011
  • Technical reviews for: The Astrophysical Journal - Astronomy & Astrophysics - Canadian Gemini Telescope Time Allocation Committee - Chilean National Time Allocation Committee - ESO OPC - FONDECYT


A list of my refereed publications can be found at the Astrophysics Data System.



  • AS750 (grad) - Observational Astronomy
  • AS758 (grad) – The Intergalactic Medium
  • AS4201 (undergrad) - Experimental Astronomy
  • AS30A (undergrad) - General Astronomy
  • AS42B (undergrad) - Introduction to Cosmology
  • AS45B (undergrad) - Astronomy Lab
  • FI34A (Engineering) - Contemporary Physics
  • AS20A (Engineering) - Design Seminar for Engineering
  • FI1001 (Engineering) - Introduction to Newtonian Physics

Graduate theses guided

  • Nicolas Tejos (MSc, current position: Professor at PUCV, Chile)
  • Heather Andrews (MSc, co-advised, current position: PhD student at Leiden)
  • Maria Jose Maureira (MSc, current position: PhD at Yale)
  • Vincent Dumont (MSc, current position: postdoc at University of California, Berkeley)
  • Member of around 10 other thesis committees

University administration & Outreach


  • CNTAC 2011-2014
  • Department's Deputy Director, 2011-2012
  • Head of Department's research, 2008-2011
  • Head of Department's graduate program, 2006-2007
  • Head of Department's outreach, 2005
  • Head of Department's computing and network system, 2002-2004


  • Co-author of book: La Observacion Astronomica en el Siglo XXI, L.F. Barrientos & S. Lopez (2008), Ediciones B, 141 pp, second edition in 2010
  • Lead author of study: Analisis y Proyecciones de la Ciencia Chilena, Lopez et al. (2005), Academia Chilena de Ciencias and CONICYT. J. Allende and T. Ureta, Eds.
  • Head of the Astronomy Summer School for high-school students in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009
  • Several broad audience talks (at elementary schools within the EXPLORA program of CONICYT, at Santiago's Planetario, at Colegio de Ingenieros, universities, etc)
  • Several interviews in newspapers, radio program broadcasts, documentary films.

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Last update: 2018-12-01