About Paula Jofré

Paula Jofré is an associate professor of the Astronomy Nucleus at the University Diego Portales (UDP). She studied Astronomy in the Pontific Catholic University of Chile and obtained her PhD in Natural Sciences from the Ludwig Maximilian University and the Max Planck Institute of Astrophysics in Germany. She spent 7 years as post-doctoral researcher, first working in the Laboratory of Astrophysics of the University of Bordeaux in France and then in the Institute of Astronomy and King’s College of the University of Cambridge, UK.

Paula Jofré is a world-leading expert in Galactic astronomy, focused in the analysis of stellar spectra to understand the physical processes that shape the Milky Way. She has been selected one of the 23 Ambassators of the Image of Chile in 2021, one of the TIME 100 Next by TIME in 2019,  one of the  10 Scientist-to-Watch by Science News in 2018, and one of the 100 Chilean Women Leaders by El Mercurio and Mujeres Empresarias in 2011 and 2018.

She the director of the Millenium Nucleus ERIS at UDP, one of the leaders of the Working Group "Abundances" from the Milky Way Mapper of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and the author of the public outreach book "Fosiles del cosmos"

Young researchers:


  • Since 2022: Scarlet Elgueta (PhD in Astrophysics, U Tokyo, Japan). Join't postdoc with the Millenium Institute for Astrophysics
  • Since 2022: Camilla Eldridge (PhD in evolutionary genetics, Kingston University London, UK)


  • Since 2019: Danielle de Brito Silva (Bachelor in Astronomy, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Since 2021: Sara Vitali (Masters in Astrophysics, Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics, Potsdam, Germany)
  • Since 2022: Theo Signor (Master in Physics of Data, University of Padova, Italy)
  • 2021: Aldo Mura Guzmán (PhD student at ANU)

Masters and Bachelors:

  • Since 2021: Kurt Walsen Bluee-Blatter (maths undergrad student at Center of Mathematical Modelling from Universidad de Chile cosupervised with Jaime San Martin)
  • Since 2022: Kacper Mielniczuk (physics undergrad from Surrey University in research exchange cosupervised with Claudia Aguilera)


  • 2021-2022: Claudia Aguilera-Gómez (postdoc, now faculty at PUC)
  • 2019-2021: Francisca Rojas Espinoza (master student at PUC cosupervised with Julio Chanamé, now PhD student Heidelberg)
  • 2020: Anell Cornejo (bachelor student at PUC cosupervised with M. Zoccali and B. Panes, now ERIS master student at PUC)
  • 2018-2020: Anya Samadi-Ghadim (now postdoc in Max Planck Institute for Solar System research)
  • 2018-2020: Marcelo Tucci-Maia

Links:  @pdjofre (twitter) / @fosilesdelcosmos (instagram)

A few recent videos:

Selected recent science publications 

All science publications 

Some recent general public publications: