Nicolas Tejos

Nicolas Tejos


  • Associate Professor
  • Instituto de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias
  • Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso
  • Casilla 4059, Valparaiso, Chile
  • ☎ +56 32 227 4900

Last update: Aug, 2017

About me

I am a Chilean astrophysicist working in the Instituto de Fisica at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV). My main research interest is on the connection between the intergalactic medium (IGM) and galaxies, in the context of the large-scale structure of the Universe. I am mainly focused on how this relationship depends on cosmic environment (voids, filaments, groups, clusters), and cosmic time (early and late Universe). Ultimately, I wish to test the current cosmological paradigm prediction that baryonic matter follows the cosmic web shaped by dark matter and dark energy.

I obtained my B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Astronomy at Universidad de Chile; my M.Sc. thesis was on Absorption systems in optical spectra of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) afterglows, under supervision of Prof. Sebastian Lopez. Then I moved to the UK, where I obtained my Ph.D. degree in Astrophysics at University of Durham; my Ph.D. thesis was on The relationship between the intergalactic medium and galaxies under supervision of Prof. Simon L. Morris and Prof. Tom Theuns. My first postdoctoral position was at the University of California, Santa Cruz where I worked in close collaboration with Prof. J Xavier Prochaska and the IMPS group. I then moved back to Chile, for my second postdoctoral position at the Millennium Institute of Astrophysics being hosted by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. I am now an Associate Professor at PUCV since August 2017. During my professional career, I have been the PI on multiple world-class telescope projects, including five HST proposals and several on VLT, Gemini and Magellan.

Scientific Interests

  • Intergalactic medium
  • Galaxy evolution
  • IGM-galaxy connection
  • Large-scale structure
  • Cosmology
  • Spectroscopy
  • Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Gamma-ray Bursts
  • Fast Radio Bursts

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