Mojgan Aghakhanloo

Astrophysicist, The University of Arizona

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No matter how big the goal is, you can achieve it.

What do you do?

My research focuses on constraining the evolution of massive stars in our galaxy and nearby galaxies. This involves analyzing data from the Hubble Space Telescope, as well as data from a space mission called Gaia.

Why did you choose this field?

I decided to become an Astrophysicist back in middle school. My best friend back then introduced me to a bunch of cool Astrophysics books. After reading those books, I knew that is the field I want to be an expert in.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I wish younger me would have known that getting a direct PhD in a foreign county is possible.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love solving unanswered questions about the universe. Every day I wake up looking forward to learning something new and gain a new skill to expand myself. This is what makes me happy and motivated every day.

Best advice for next generation?

No matter how big the goal is, you can achieve it. One day, you will look back and you will realize that everything is possible as long as you are passionate and you are willing to learn.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

If it does not challenge you, it does not change you.

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