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Initiatives on Cosmic Origins
CHALMERS Initiative on Cosmic Origins

A new research initiative hosted by the Dept. of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg and Onsala Space Observatory, Onsala, Sweden, focused on Cosmic Origins Science. We address fundamental questions about the formation of galaxies, stars, planets and life in the Universe.
CICO has been established in 2017 with the arrival of Professor Jonathan C. Tan and Assistant Professor Jouni Kainulainen. CICO has formed strategic international partnerships with the Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia (Tan group), the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics (Caselli group) and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (Kainulainen group). For more information about CICO and its activities please contact Tan and/or Kainulainen.
CHALMERS Faculty & Staff
CHALMERS Postdocs & Students
  1. Juan P. Farias
    Juan P. Farias
    Ph.D. Student
    Theoretical models of star cluster formation
  2. Sandra Trevino Morales
    Sandra Trevino Morales
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    Study of the dynamics, fragmentation, structure and chemistry of massive filaments, mainly from an observational point of view using single-dish facilities (eg., IRAM-30m, APEX) and radio-interferometers (eg., VLA, ALMA). Postdoc within the project 'PROMISE'.
University of Virginia Affiliates
  1. Nicola Da Rio
    Nicola Da Rio
    Postdoctoral Associate
    Star and star cluster formation; pre-main sequence evolution
  2. Mengyao Liu
    Mengyao Liu
    Ph.D. Student
    Massive star formation
  3. Viviana Rosero
    Viviana Rosero
    Postdoctoral Associate
    Massive star formation; radio astronomy, including observation programs with VLA and ALMA.
  4. Thomas Bisbas
    Thomas Bisbas
    Postdoctoral Associate
    Interstellar medium physics in the local and distant universe
  5. Duncan Christie
    Duncan Christie
    Postdoctoral Associate
    Magneto-hydrodynamics; exoplanet atmospheres
University of Florida Affiliates
  1. Yu Cheng
    Yu Cheng
    Ph.D. Student
    Core mass function; star cluster formation, massive star formation
  2. Qi Li
    Qi Li
    Ph.D. Student
    Magneto-hydrodynamics; galactic interstellar media and star formation
  3. Emily Moser
    Emily Moser
    Undergraduate Student
    Star cluster formation; protostars
  4. Kei Tanaka
    Kei Tanaka
    Postdoctoral Associate
    Massive star formation; radiative transfer
MPIA Affiliates
  1. Manuel Riener
    Manuel Riener
    Ph.D. Student
    Physical process controlling star formation in the molecular clouds of the Galaxy; star formation in nearby galaxies.
  2. Miaomiao Zhang
    Miaomiao Zhang
    Young stellar objects; jets and outflows; Galactic star formation and interstellar medium.
MPE Affiliates