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Andrew Blain

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Leicester
United Kingdom


MA (Hons), PhD I'm from Liverpool and studied and worked in Cambridge, before spending a decade in California and moving to Leicester in 2010. I was also a science team member on the NASA Wide Field Infrared Space Explorer (WISE) mission that was launched in 2009, and I've been involved in the time allocation process for several ground-based millimeter-far-infrared telescopes, the JCMT, IRAM and ALMA. I was chair of the ALMA Science Advisory Committee in 2010, and the UK Oversight Board for the SKA project.

Research Interest

I am interested in the formation and evolution of galaxies, especially from an infrared perspective, probing the interstellar medium to account for the complete luminosity of galaxies. This involves using a range of optical through radio observing facilities, both from the ground and in space. I also have an interest in the use and details of gravitational lensing, again focussed mainly on its effects on infrared sources. My prime interest at present is investigating the nature of the ultra luminous galaxies that have been discovered over the whole sky using the WISE mission, and the opportunities for extremely high-quality and sensitive imaging using the ALMA telescope, which is coming into service in Northern Chile.


  • Menendez-Delmestre, Andrew Blain. (2013). Mapping the Clumpy Structures within Submillimeter Galaxies Using Laser-Guide Star Adaptive Optics Spectroscopy.767, 151.

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