Mauricio Cisternas

Dr. Mauricio Cisternas

Data Scientist | Astrophysicist


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I am a data science consultant based in London, working with clients in the financial services and energy sectors. I am also an astrophysicist, previously working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias in Spain, and as a PhD researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany.

My main research interest lies the relationship between galaxies and their central supermassive black holes-- yes, today we know that most galaxies, including our very own Milky Way, host one of these beasts at their centers. While in general these supermassive black holes are in a dormant, quiescent state, I focus on those few rare cases that are vigorously eating and growing. By studying these extreme objects, better known as 'active galactic nuclei', one can learn from the processes driving the periods of major black hole growth, and understand how the relation between galaxy and black hole evolves over cosmic time. If you are interested, you can read more about it on my research page (Warning: Science).


Research Highlights:

  • 06 Feb, 2015 - My latest paper, in which we look for the first time at the redshift evolution of the bar fraction among active galaxies, has been accepted by ApJ.
  • 31 Jul, 2013 - A new paper on the lack of a direct relation between stellar bars and AGN activity in nearby barred galaxies has been accepted by ApJ.
  • 26 Jun, 2012 - Featured article and interview by Thomson Reuters' ScienceWatch about our 2011 paper on galaxy mergers and black hole growth.
  • 23 Sep, 2011 - New paper about the relation between black hole mass and galaxy stellar mass, and its lack of evolution over the last 7 billion years.
  • 05 Jan, 2011 - Press release by ESA/Hubble on our recent paper about mergers and their role in the black hole growth during the last 8 billion years!