Professor Suzanne Aigrain

Professor of Astrophysics
MSc, PhD
University Academic Fellow since 2010

My research concerns the detection and characterisation of exoplanets and their host stars. I am interested both in exploring the full diversity of planets and planetary systems in the Galaxy, and in understanding the frequency and characteristics of other worlds that might be hospitable to extra-terrestrial life. I use data from space telescopes such as CoRoT, Kepler, and Hubble, as well as a range of ground-based telescopes, to discover new transiting planets and probe their atmospheres, and am involved in future space missions such as PLATO. I also work with the Machine Learning Research Group in the department of Engineering Science, using state of the art statistical methods to extract faint planetary signals in large, noisy time-series datasets.