Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board provides top-level scientific advice to the Research Team.

Roberto Abraham

  • Professor and Chair, David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics University of Toronto
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
  • Co-Founder, Dragonfly Telephoto Array

Charles Alcock

  • Director, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
  • Donald Menzel Professor of Astrophysics, Harvard University

Sagi Ben Ami

  • Assistant Professor (senior researcher), Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Head of the WIS Instrumentation Group
  • PI on G-CLEF Extreme R for the Giant Magellan Telescope

Paul C. W. Davies

  • Regents' Professor and Professor of Physics, Arizona State University (ASU)
  • Director, Beyond Center for Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology, ASU

Pieter van Dokkum

  • Professor of Astronomy and Physics, Yale University
  • Former chair, Astronomy department, Yale University
  • Co-Founder, Dragonfly Telephoto Array

Ferki Ferati

  • President, The Jefferson Educational Society of Erie
  • Ed.D. in Social and Comparative Analysis, University of Pittsburgh
  • Masters in Public Administration, Gannon University

Brian Keating

  • Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor of Physics
  • Astrophysicist at UC San Diego's Center for Astrophysics & Space Sciences
  • Co-Director of The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination

Mercedes Lopez-Morales

  • Astrophysicist, Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian
  • PI of the Magellan ACCESS and HST PanCET projects

Seth Shostak

  • Senior Astronomer, SETI Institute
  • Host of the SETI Institute weekly science radio show, "Big Picture Science"
  • Author of three trade books on SETI and more than 600 popular articles on science

Rizwan Virk

  • Venture capitalist
  • Founder of Play Labs @ MIT
  • Author of “The Simulation Hypothesis”

Stephen Wolfram

  • Founder and CEO of Wolfram Research
  • Creator of Mathematica, Wolfram|Alpha
  • Originator of Wolfram Physics Project

Dimitar Sasselov

  • Phillips Professor of Astronomy
  • Director, Origins of Life Initiative
  • Senior Advisor in the Sciences for Advanced Study