Michael A. McDonald

Associate Professor of Physics
Focuses on the evolution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, and the role that environment plays in dictating this evolution.
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Assistant: Thea Paneth
Assistant Phone: (617) 253-3718

Research Interests

His research focuses on the evolution of galaxies and clusters of galaxies, and the role that environment plays in dictating this evolution. This research involves the discovery and study of the most distant assemblies of galaxies alongside detailed analyses of the complex interplay between gas, galaxies, and black holes in the closest, most massive systems. This research makes use of a wide variety of ground- and space-based observatories, including (but not limited to) the Hubble and Chandra space telescopes, and the Magellan and ALMA telescopes located in Chile.

Biographical Sketch

Michael McDonald is an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. He obtained his BScH and MSc degrees in Physics at Queen’s University in Canada, and his PhD in Astronomy at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Michael spent three years as a Hubble Fellow at MIT, before being hired as an Assistant Professor in July 2015.

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Awards & Honors

  • 2018 // NSF Faculty Early Career Development Grant (CAREER)
  • 2012 // NASA Hubble Fellowship
  • 2012 // NASA Einstein Fellowship (declined)