Who Are We?

Head Of Department

Paul O'BrienProfessor Paul O'Brien is Professor of Astrophysics and Space Science.

His research interests are directed at investigating compact objects in the universe. These include black holes in Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRB) at all wavelengths across a wide range in redshift. AGN and GRBs are some of the most luminous objects known.  This research involves the use of spectroscopic and imaging data, obtained via a wide variety of ground-based and orbiting observatories, many including instrumentation built at Leicester, such as XMM-Newton, Chandra and Swift. He is currently involved in the development of new observing facilities, including SVOM, CTA and Athena.

Undergraduate Admissions Tutor

Jon Nichols

Dr Jon Nichols is the Undergraduate admissions tutor with responsibility for dealing with applications to study within the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester.


Postgraduate Admissions Tutors

Andrew BlainProf. Andrew Blain is the Postgraduate Admissions tutor with responsibility for dealing with applications to carry out PhD research in the Department.

He is an astronomer working in the area of galaxy formation, with a specific interest in observations at infrared wavelengths and from the most luminous galaxies that are powered by intense bursts of star formation or active galactic nuclei. He is a team member on the NASA WISE all-sky infrared survey explorer. He is a member of the X-Ray and Observational Astronomy research group at the University, and is currently teaching in relativity and optics.

Dr Richard AmbrosiProfessor Richard Ambrosi is the Postgraduate Admissions tutor for the Department's MSc in Space Exploration Systems.

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