Meet Tereasa Brainerd, PhD

Professor Brainerd gave a SftPublic lecture on Einstein's Relativity in 2010.


Tereasa Brainerd, PhD is Professor of Astrophysics and Chair of the Astronomy Department at Boston University. Her research interests include the dynamics and locations of satellite galaxies, faint galaxy clustering, gravitational lensing, dark matter, and computational astrophysics. She is best known for her work on weak gravitational lensing, faint galaxy clustering, and the locations of satellite galaxies relative to their hosts. Her most recent work involves measuring the degree to which galaxies are intrinsically aligned with each other over large scales in the universe.

Professor Brainerd received her PhD in Astronomy from Ohio State University, where her research focused on the use of computer simulations to constrain the growth of dark matter structure in the universe. She did postdoctoral work at California Institute of Technology from 1992 to 1994 and at Los Alamos National Lab from 1994 to 1995, and joined the astronomy department of Boston University in 1995.