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College of Arts and Sciences

Nikole Lewis

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:


Academic focus:  

Exoplanetary Science 

Current research project: 

Exploring exoplanet atmospheres with the Hubble Space Telescope

Previous positions: 

  • JWST Project Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute, 2016-2018
  • Associate Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute, 2017-2018
  • Assistant Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute, 2014-2017
  • Associate Research Scientist, Johns Hopkins University, 2015-2018
  • Sagan Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2012-2014
  • Member of the Technical Staff, Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, 2004-2006

Academic background: 

  • Ph.D., Planetary sciences, University of Arizona, 2012
  • M.A., Astronomy, Boston University, 2004
  • B.S., Physics and mechanical engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2002

Last book read:  

“My New Friend Is So Fun!” by Mo Willems

In your own time/when not working:  

Cooking and spending time with my family

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Topics in Planetary Sciences

What most excites you about Cornell:  

Working in an interdisciplinary environment with great faculty and students 

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