Research Interests: Interstellar medium; magnetohydrodynamics; star formation; gravitational collapse; stellar winds; protoplanetary disks; ionized regions; radiative transport in ionized, neutral and molecular gas.Publication List: ADS
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Dr. Susana Lizano studied for her undergraduate degree in physics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and did her master’s and doctoral degrees in astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. She promoted the creation of the Institute of Radioastronomy and Astrophysics (IRyA) and was the director of its predecessor from 2007 to 2011 and 2011 to 2015.
Dr. Lizano is the pioneer of theoretical star-formation studies in Mexico. She has made fundamental contributions to the modern understanding of how stars are born in our Galaxy. She is a specialist in magnetohydrodynamics of the interstellar medium and her research includes theoretical models of the formation and gravitational collapse of the dense cores of dust and gas where stars are formed. She studies the interaction of the bipolar stellar winds that are produced by young stars with the surrounding cloud, and also the protoplanetary disks around these stars, which go on to form systems of planets.
She has received many awards from Mexican and international institutions, including the distinction Reconocimiento Universidad Nacional para Jóvenes Académicos awarded by the UNAM, the Premio de Investigación Científica awarded by the Mexican Academy of Sciences, the Premio a la Investigación Científica given by the Mexican Physics Society, the Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Artes awarded by the government of Mexico, and a Guggenheim fellowship.
In 2018 Dr. Lizano was elected member of El Colegio Nacional of Mexico and was made Emeritus Researcher of the UNAM in 2020.