Paul Sutter, Ph.D., Columbus, Ohio

As an astrophysicist, Paul received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. After spending three years at the Paris Institute of Astrophysics, he now splits his time between an INFN Fellowship in Trieste, Italy, and a Visiting Scholar position at the Ohio State University’s Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics. His research focuses on many diverse topics, from the emptiest regions of the universe – known as cosmic voids – to the data analysis challenges of detecting the formation of the first stars.

As an “Agent to the Stars”, Paul has passionately engaged the public in science outreach for several years. He is the host of the podcast and YouTube series Ask a Spaceman!, where he answers questions posted on social media, as well as the new series Realspace, where Paul interviews fellow young physicists about their lives, interests, and passions in order to break down misconceptions about scientists.

He is frequently quoted in science articles and has regular appearances on Good Day Columbus. Paul is currently writing a book about space.

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