Laura Pérez is interested in studying the formation and evolution of planetary systems around young stars, aiming at understanding the physical processes that occur in the disks of dust and gas that orbit stars as they are being born, namely protoplanetary disks. To achieve this goal, she uses observations from different instruments and telescopes, to be able to capture the systems’ behavior at multiple frequencies and tracers.
Laura graduated with a BSc and MSc in Astronomy from Universidad de Chile, and she obtained her PhD at the California Institute of Technology. Afterwards, she was a Jansky Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in US, and then a Humboldt Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at Universidad de Chile, where she leads an research group on planet formation and keeps collaborations with international teams.