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Dr. Jorge Moreno is a theoretical astrophysicist, who has worked on a broad range of topics in galaxy formation and cosmology, his fields of expertise. Working in close collaboration with observers, his current research program employs high-performance supercomputing to investigate the nature of interacting galaxies and mergers.
At the moment, Dr. Moreno holds a CITA National Prize Fellowship at the University of Victoria (under the supervision of Prof. Sara Ellison). He was also a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at SISSA/ISAC (Trieste, Italy), and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Haverford College (with a semester teaching at Bryn Mawr College), where he gained ample experience in teaching across the whole physics and astronomy curriculum. In 2010, he earned his Ph.D in Physics and Astronomy, with a dissertation entitled “Dark Matter Halo Mergers and Quasars”, under the supervision of Prof. Ravi K. Sheth.
His achievements in research and teaching have been widely recognized with numerous of awards, including the Prize for Best Cosmology Contribution (awarded by George B. Smoot, Nobel Laureate), the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching, and the Penn Teaching Assistant Training Award. He was also recipient of the Sherman Fairchild Research Grant and the Young Research Scientist Grant. Dr. Moreno’s research contributions have been well-received by the scientific community, leading to over 45 invited seminars worldwide and over 20 conference talks. He is particularly proud of having organized and funded an international conference on Interacting Galaxies and Binary Quasars, the first in the history of astronomy to have more female than male invited speakers!
Born in Mexico City, Dr. Moreno moved to Los Angeles at the age of 13 with his family. Unfortunately, after graduating from Venice High School with the highest honors, he was denied the opportunity to pursue a college education in the United States. This did not stop him from continuing his studies in his home country, where he majored in theoretical physics at Cinvestav-IPN (Mexico’s National Polytechnic Institute). This step in his career eventually helped him return to the US, as a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. He is very thrilled by the opportunity to return to California, as an Assistant Professor in Physics and Astronomy, which he describes as “a dream come true”.
In addition to his passion for teaching and research, in his free time he enjoys travelling, running, cooking, and spending time with his wife and children. In sum, he is extremely excited about being in front of the classroom again, in supervising undergraduates in high-impact and exciting research projects -- and, above all, in becoming a member of the Cal Poly Pomona family!