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Prof. Xin Liu received her B.A. in Physics from Tsinghua University in 2004 and her Ph.D in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University in 2010 under the guidance of Prof. Michael A. Strauss. Before joining UIUC in 2015, she was a NASA Einstein Fellow at Harvard and a Hubble Fellow at UCLA. 

Research Interests

Astronomical survey and data science

Multi-messenger and time-domain astrophysics

Machine learning applications

Professional Information

Exploring the cosmos in the multi-messenger and time domains is a key priority in astronomy and astrophysics for the coming decade. With LIGO fulfilling the long-anticipated promise of gravitational wave astronomy, pulsar timing and the space-based interferometer LISA will open other windows on the gravitational wave spectrum, revealing unknown sources and surprises, much as the first X-ray and radio telescopes did. To realize the full discovery potential in the multi-messenger and time domains, efficient electromagnetic observations and data analysis tools are needed. Capitalizing on the big data transformation and new survey capabilities on the horizon, Prof. Liu's current research is focused on two thematic areas: (i). new windows on the dynamic Universe and multi-messenger astrophysics, and (ii). machine learning applications and data science. 


Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, 2010
B.S. in Physics, Tsinghua University, 2004

Honors & Awards

Norman P. Jones Professorial Scholar, 2023-2026

NCSA Faculty Fellow, 2020 & 2023

Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professor, 2019


Office Address

210 Astronomy
1002 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL

Office Phone

Education/Academic qualification

Astrophysical Sciences, PhD, Princeton University

Sep 2006Aug 31 2010

Award Date: Sep 27 2010


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