Karin Öberg

Karin Öberg

Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Karin Öberg

Research Interests: Astrochemistry, i.e., the chemical evolution during star and planet formation, the effects of chemistry on the properties of forming planets, including their prebiotic potential, and the development of chemical probes of protostellar and protoplanetary environments. These questions are addressed using a combination of laboratory ice experiments and spatially and spectrally resolved observations.

The Öberg Astrochemistry Lab pursues laboratory ice experiments and astronomical observations that address how astrochemically important molecules form, and how they may evolve into larger molecules associated with the origins of life.  An important aspect of this research is to constrain the fundamental physical chemical processes that underpin ice chemistry.  In addition to exploring the chemical evolution in space, our research forms a basis for developing molecular probes of different astrophysical phenomena.

Contact Information


Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617)495-3752


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