Theodora Karalidi (She/Her)

Assistant Professor – Planetary Sciences Group

BSc in Physics, University of Athens, Greece

MSc in Astrophysics, University of Utrecht, Netherlands

PhD in Astrophysics, University of Leiden, Netherlands

Theodora’s main research interests are in characterizing the atmospheres of exoplanets and brown dwarfs. In particular, she uses a suite of radiative transfer codes and mapping codes to model atmospheres of other worlds and compares the models with observations to figure out what these worlds look like. Understanding the composition of atmospheres and mapping the extent of clouds in them is important if we want to understand how these bodies evolve with time and for figuring out if some of them may host life. Theodora enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and their three-year-old golden retriever and cooking recipes from around the world.