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Elizabeth Lada

Professor | Department Chair

Office: 220 Bryant Space Science Center
Phone: (352) 294–1862
Fax: (352) 392–5089

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Texas, 1990
  • B.Sc., Physics, Yale University, 1983

Areas of Specialty

Star Formation, Embedded Clusters, IMF, Molecular Clouds, Circumstellar Disks.

Research Interests

My research is focused on understanding the origin, properties, evolution and fate of young embedded clusters within molecular clouds.


I am currently a Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Florida. I received my BS in Physics from Yale University in 1983 and my PhD in Astronomy from the University of Texas in 1990. I spent 3.5 years as a postdoctoral researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and then 3 more years as a Hubble Fellow at the University of Maryland. I joined the faculty at the University of Florida in the fall of 1996. I received an NSF CAREER award in 1998 and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 1999.