Assistant Professor, David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Li Ting is an Assistant Professor at the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics. She is a NASA Hubble Fellowship Program Einstein Fellow and Carnegie-Princeton Fellow at Carnegie Observatories.
Ting's research focuses on near-field cosmology. In particular, she studies the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy and nearby galaxies to understand how they form and to understand the nature of dark matter. She specializes in analyzing large data sets from imaging surveys of wide areas the sky and also performs traditional astronomical observations with optical and near-infrared telescopes.
Ting also builds astronomical instruments and contributes to infrastructure work for large-area sky surveys such as the Dark Energy Survey (DES), Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and others. She is the founder and leader of the Southern Stellar Stream Spectroscopic Survey, a survey to map streams of stars in the sky visible from the Southern Hemisphere to determine the mass profile of the Milky Way. She is one of the Dark Matter Working Group co-chairs of the Maunakea Spectroscopic Explorer, an 11.25-metre telescope facility dedicated to the next generation spectroscopic surveys.
Ting grew up in Shanghai, China, where she completed her bachelor's degree at Fudan University, with a major in physics and a minor in diplomacy. She received the Eramus Mundus Scholarship for a Joint European Master Program in Space Science and Technology. She earned her PhD in physics from Texas A&M University in 2016, and was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Leon Lederman fellow at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.