Laura Fissel

Assistant Professor

Faculty, Astronomy, Astrophysics & Relativity

Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy

Arts & Science


University of Toronto (PhD)

Research Areas/Interests:

In my research I try to understand the physical processes that regulate how stars and planets form. My goal is to answer a big mystery in astrophysics: why is the process of forming stars from interstellar gas so inefficient? To address these problems I work with an international collaboration of scientists to build and fly balloon-borne telescopes, which map nearby and distant star-forming regions from the stratosphere (above more than 99.5% of the Earth’s atmosphere). I also use ground-based telescopes from around the world to make even more detailed maps of star and planet formation in our Galaxy.

I am actively recruiting Masters and PhD students for projects on studying star formation and planet formation, and designing and building balloon-borne telescopes. Please email me if you have questions or would like more information.


Fissel Research Group

Graduate Opportunities

Prof. Fissel has openings for new graduate students.

See Applicants for how to apply.