Astronomer and Astrophysicist

Paula Jofré is Assistant Professor of the Astronomy Nucleus at the Universidad Diego Portales (UDP). She studied Astronomy at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and earned her doctorate in Natural Sciences from the Ludwig Maximilian University and the Max Planck Institute of Astrophysics in Germany. Paula spent seven years as a postdoctoral researcher, first at the Bordeaux University Astrophysics Laboratory in France and then at the Institute of Astronomy and King’s College at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Paula is a leading global expert in galactic astronomy. Her work is focused on star spectrum analysis as a way to understand the physical processes that shape the Milky Way. She has been chosen as one of the 100 Leading Women in Chile by El Mercurio and Mujeres Empresarias (2011; 2018) and was named one of the 10 Scientists-to-Watch by Science News in 2018 and one of the Time 100 Next by Time in 2019.

She directs the Galactic Phylogeny Research Group at the UDP and the Abundances Working Group at SDSS-V.

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