Laura Ferrarese



Principal Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada
Adjunct Professor, Physics and Astronomy Dept., University of Victoria

5071 West Saanich Road
Victoria BC V9E 2E7
Phone: +1 250-363-8133
E-mail: laura [dot] ferrarese [dot] nrc [at] gmail [dot] com

Ph.D.: 1996, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA
Personal Website: Under Construction (permanently)
Refereed Publications: ADS Link

Areas of Interest: Galaxy structure and dynamics; supermassive black holes; the extragalactic distance scale

Dr. Ferrarese’s research interests focus on the study of supermassive black holes and the connection they share with their host galaxy; the structural and kinematical properties of galaxies, from their nuclei to their extended stellar haloes; the extragalactic distance scale and the expansion rate of the universe. To this aim, she uses data from both ground and space-based observatories, such as the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT). She was part of the HST Key Project for the Extragalactic Distance Scale, which measured the Hubble constant with 10% accuracy, and the HST Advanced Camera for Survey Virgo and Fornax Cluster Surveys, to date the most comprehensive survey of early type galaxies in the local Universe. Dr. Ferrarese is the Principal Investigator of the Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey (NGVS), an international collaboration that exploits the 340 Megapixel MegaCam instrument on CFHT to study the Virgo Cluster, the largest collection of galaxies within 35 megaparsec.


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Images from the Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey (CFHT/MegaCam)