Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil

KICP and NSF Fellow


Ph.D. University of Minnesota, USA, 2017
M.Sc. Texas Tech University, USA, 2012
B.Sc. Bilkent University, Turkey, 2009


Burcin is a lead member of several large-scale imaging surveys, and uses observations of small and faint (dwarf) galaxies to study the smallest dark matter halos, and how they get populated with stars. Her work has been recognized by several prestigious awards. She has been honored as a 2018 Ted Fellow and 2020 TED Senior Fellow, featured in National Geographic as a “woman of impact”, and named an AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador. More than 2 million viewers have watched her TED talk. She is passionate about science communication, and she creates content for Sciall.org, which uses unconventional videos to diversify interest in and access to STEM.

She is a coffee lover, and enjoys hiking, watching movies, and sketching.

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