Associate Professor, Physics/Astrophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
German, living in Cambridge, MA, USA
Anna is an astronomer and tenured professor at MIT (USA) who studies 13 billion year old stars in our home galaxy, the Milky Way. Her book Searching For The Oldest Stars details her discovery work and describes how she uses the world’s largest telescopes to uncover these ancient relics from the early universe. Anna’s specific interests center around gaining insights from old stars about how the chemical elements are made in stars, supernova explosions and merging neutron stars. She also has a decade long track record of mentoring young, aspiring scientists and recently created a course on professional skills and leadership strategies for MIT graduate students and postdocs in STEM fields. As a single mother to two young boys, they share in the joy of making crafts, biking, and traveling.