Dr. Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

Dr. Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

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Uses the world's largest telescopes to understand the nature of dark matter and galaxy formation by studying the smallest galaxies.

Dr. Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

"I kept a journal with scientists, that was always my dream, I was collecting those anecdotes about their lives. I always wanted to be one of them. If we include all the greatest minds with different background with different experience then we will be able to solve the greatest questions in the universe."

The galaxy and beyond! Dr. Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil is an astrophysicist that studies the most peculiar objects in the Universe. She spends her time behind a computer and in observatories using the largest telescopes in the world to examine space. Her research has led to a discovery of an extremely rare galaxy with a unique circular structure, which is now commonly referred to as Burçin's Galaxy, after her! Her work has provided the first description of a double-ringed elliptical galaxy, introducing new challenges for our understanding of galaxy formation and evolution. She is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Arizona, a 2018 TED Fellow and a 2020 TED Senior Fellow.

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