Alicia Margarita Soderberg joined the Harvard Astronomy Faculty as an Assistant Professor in July 2010. She received her PhD in Astrophysics in 2007 from the California Institute of Technology for her thesis entitled, "The Many Facets of Cosmic Explosions".
Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Soderberg was a NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton and Harvard Universities. Her research focuses on the catastrophic death of stars, "supernovae". By combining astronomical data sets from observatories and satellites, she probes the eruptive, destructive, and explosive nature of supernovae and their role in the Universe.
In 2009, Assistant Professor Soderberg was awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Prize by the American Astronomical Society for her "outstanding research and promise for future research". In 2008 she was awarded the Dorothy Killam Prize (McGill University International Award) designed to "to recognize women of influence in the science and humanities". Her publication record includes 19 first-author articles to date, four of which were published in the journal, Nature.