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Postgraduate Student

John Lopez



Online Teaching Assistant:

PHYS1160: Introduction to Astronomy (UNSW Sydney)

(Semester 2, 2012. Semester 2, 2013. Semesters 1 and 2, 2014. Summer Session 2014/2015. Semesters 1 and 2, 2015, Summer Session 2015/2016, Semesters 1 and 2, 2016, Summer Session 2016/17, Semesters 1 and 2, 2017, Summer Session 2017/18, Semester 1 2018).

GENS4015: Brave New World (UNSW Sydney)

(Semester 1, 2015; Semester 2, 2017; Semester 1 2018). 

Lab Demonstrator: (UNSW Sydney)

PHYS1121/1131 - Physics 1A/ Higher Physics 1A

(Semesters 1 and 2, 2013; Semester 1 2017)

PHYS1221/1231 - Physics 1B/ Higher Physics 1B
(Semester 2 - 2013; Semester 2 - 2016)

Lab Demonstrator-In-Charge: (UNSW Sydney)

PHYS1121/1131 - Physics 1A/ Higher Physics 1A

(Semester 1, 2014; Semesters 1 and 2, 2015; Semesters 1 and 2, 2016).  

PHYS1221/1231 - Physics 1B/ Higher Physics 1B

(Semester 2, 2014)

PHYS1111 - Fundamentals of Physics

(Semester 2, 2017). 

Problem Solving Workshop Teaching Assistant (UNSW Sydney)

PHYS1121(Semester 1, 2017)



Ph.D. Candidate - Astrophysics (July 2014 - Present) - UNSW Sydney/CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
Primary Ph.D. Supervisor: Dr Maria Cunningham.
Co-Supervisor: Adjunct Associate Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith
Thesis: From one extreme to another: Star formation in different environments.

Bachelor of Science (Physics) with an Honours year in Astronomy (2009 - 2013) - UNSW Sydney
Honours Supervisor: Dr Maria Cunningham.
Thesis: The Chemistry and Kinematics of Molecular Clouds near Sagittarius A*

Research Interests: 

Star Formation in the Milky Way Galaxy, the interstellar medium, black holes.

Honours, Awards and Memberships: 


  • Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) Student Member.

Selected Publications: 

Lopez, J., Cunningham, M., Jones, P., Marshall, J., Bronfman, L., Lo, N. and Walsh, A. (2016). The Chemistry and Kinematics of Two Molecular Clouds near Sagittarius A*. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. [online] Available at: https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stw1975 

An arXiv preprint of the paper (which is free for anyone to access!) is available here: http://arxiv.org/abs/1608.04869

Ginsburg, A., Walsh, A., Henkel, C., Jones, P., Cunningham, M., Kauffmann, J., Pillai, T., Mills, E., Ott, J., Kruijssen, J., Menten, K., Battersby, C., Rathborne, J., Contreras, Y., Longmore, S., Walker, D., Dawson, J. and Lopez, J. (2015). High-mass star-forming cloud G0.38+0.04 in the Galactic center dust ridge contains H2CO and SiO masers. Astronomy & Astrophysics, [online] 584, p.L7. Available at: http://www.aanda.org/articles/aa/full_html/2015/12/aa27452-15/aa27452-15.html 

My name has also appeared on a paper related to Planck Galactic Cold Clumps:


and on the following IAU conference proceedings: