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The PhD in Astrophysics program is an initiative by the core researchers in Astronomy of the Department of Physical Sciences in the Exact Sciences Faculty. Its creation comes from the conviction of their members to promote advanced training for human resources and research in different areas of astronomy and astrophysics.


Andrés Bello University started developing the basic sciences on the base of core academic members with the highest scientific and technical qualifications, who are committed towards the active advancement of knowledge.. While aware of its responsibility to contribute to advancing knowledge in the Exact Sciences, a solid group was formed out of prestigious researchers with international and national recognition in Chemical Sciences, Math and Physics. Standing out within the latter is Astrophysics, a discipline in which the country has evident comparative advantages on an international level.,  such as observational instruments and unique data archives. To this faculty, young postdoctoral researchers have been added,  creating a fertile space for the cultivation of knowledge in Astrophysics.

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Contributing to the generation of new knowledge in Astrophysics.

Brochure 2021

Specific Objectives

As stated in its decree, this PhD program defined the following objectives that coherently respond to the Mission and  Academic Character

  • Excellent Doctoral training.
  • Contribution to the knowledge of Astronomy.
  • Contribution to the development of both country and science.

In order to reach these goals and responding to their academic nature, it is endeavored that the students feel immersed in an authentic scientific experience provided by the academic atmosphere of Andrés Bello University, providing the proper training so that each student seeks to reach intellectual independence within the field of study, allowing them to contribute to the growth of the discipline on a doctorate level.

With these goals in mind, we seek to communicate the concept of Astrophysics in a widely comprehensible way. From the applied surveys, relative success in communication of these is verified to the academic community from the Program. When students were consulted, they said that 100% of the objectives agree with the Institutional Mission. On the other hand, the entirety of academics said they very much agreed that there’s a consistency between the character of the program, its declared objectives and the Institutional Mission; and the same percentage said they also agreed with the fact that the objectives of the program were consistent with the degree awarded and the objectives of the Program are consistent with the Mission.

From this standpoint, the graduate profile is more evident, as well as the sense of a critical cultivation of knowledge, fostered by UNAB, that is manifested through the proficiencies each graduate must develop and that come from this profile.

The following table showcases how the general and specific objectives and the graduate profile intertwine with the basic pillars of the program. These texts speak of the phenomenon and relevant topics and they are also logically located and inserted in the structure of the defined guidelines for the PhD program.

Graduate Profile

Graduates from the program will be capable of doing original and independent scientific research, contributing to the advance of knowledge in Astrophysics. They’ll have a solid training in the fundamental concepts and processes that regulate the formation and evolution of different objects, from planets and stars to galaxies, galaxy clusters and large-scale structures. Furthermore, they’ll have the capacity to perform in the academic environment and contribute to the expansion of astronomy in society.

Astrophysics Research Lines

In the Cosmology area, students acquire concepts related to the current cosmological paradigm and its possible variations, the expansion of the Universe and the measurement of cosmological distances. This will be achieved by using observational tools, large databases and theoretical and numerical models. This area intersects with Stellar Astrophysics and Extragalactic Astrophysics, since it provides the theoretical framework to those and it feeds off of their results and observational tendencies to confront theoretical predictions.

The Extragalactic Astrophysics area has the purpose of studying every object and astrophysical process that occurs outside the Milky Way. In this area, students acquire deep conceptual understanding of the structure, formation and evolution of galaxies, their fundamental relationships as well as their association in groups and clusters. The studies are performed using a wide range of theoretical, observational, statistical and computational tools.

Stellar Astrophysics focuses on the study of the structure, formation and evolution of the stars as well as their associations in clusters. To achieve this, theoretical, numerical, observational and statistical tools are used. Astrobiology has the objective to study, from an astronomical standpoint, the processes that contribute to the development of organic elements that later favor the development of life outside our planet. It leans strongly on the complete understanding of the distribution, formation and evolution of extrasolar planets from their initial phases.

Decree and Current Regulations

Program Director

Giuliano Pignata

Ph.D. (Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Italia).

Academic Faculty

Academic Faculty

Matías Gómez

Ph.D. (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile).

Research lines: Globular cluster systems. Extragalactic star clusters. Compact stellar associations.

Academic Profile

Timo Anguita

Ph.D. (Universitaet Heidelberg, Alemania).

Research lines: Gravitational lenses.Active Nuclei of Galaxies. Massive Galaxies.

Academic Profile

Isabelle Gavignaud

Ph.D. (Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, Francia).

Research lines: Evolution of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and their host galaxies.

Academic Profile

Julie Nantais

Ph.D. (Harvard University, EE.UU.).

Research lines: Groups and galaxy clusters. Galaxy evolution (observation). Formation of elliptical and lenticular galaxies.

Academic Profile

Lorenzo Monaco

Ph.D. (Universidad di Bologna, Italia).

Research lines: Resolved stellar populations. Metal-poor stars. High-resolution spectroscopy.

Academic Profile

Claudio Cáceres

PhD (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Research lines: Formation and early evolution of exoplanets and substellar objects. Circumstellar discs. Extrasolar planets.

Academic Profile

Dante Minniti

PhD in Astronomy (University of Arizona, EE.UU)

Research lines: Globular clusters and the Milky Way. Populations, variability and stellar evolution. Extrasolar planets and gravitational microlenses.

Academic Profile

Giuliano Pignata

Ph.D. (Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Italia).

Research lines: Supernovae. Astronomical instrumentation. Astrostatistics.

Academic Profile

Lucia Guaita

Ph.D. in Astronomy (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile)

Research line: Star-forming galaxies. Galaxy evolution.

Guest Professors

Nicola Masetti

Ph.D. (Universitá degli Studi di Padova, Italia)


Scholarships and Financing

Andrés Bello University has different scholarships for its doctoral students, to learn more we invite you to visit the Doctorates home where you will find Scholarships and Financing Opportunities.



1)  Certificate with all pre graduate grades.

2) Motivation letter.

3) Curriculum vitae.

4) Two recommendation letters.