Chuanfei Dong

Assistant Professor, Astronomy

  • Title Assistant Professor, Astronomy
  • Office CAS 515
  • Phone 617-353-0662
  • Education B.S., University of Science and Technology of China
    M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology
    M.S., M.S.E, Ph.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan

Research Interests: Star-Terrestrial Planet Interactions in Our Solar System and Beyond; Magnetic Reconnection and Turbulence; Wave-Particle Interaction; Physics-informed Machine Learning; High Intensity Laser-Plasma Interaction.


Professor Dong joined the Department of Astronomy and Center for Space Physics at Boston University as an Assistant Professor in Spring 2023. Prior to that, he was a Staff Scientist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (.gov) – a DOE National Laboratory managed by Princeton University and an Affiliated Research Scholar at the Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University.

Awards and Honors:

  • DOE Early Career Award (2023)
  • National Academy of Sciences New Leaders in Space Science (2019)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to MAVEN Science Team (2016, 2018)
  • Winner of MBR Space Settlement Challenge, Dubai Future Foundation (2018)
  • Young Researcher Award, ESA (2018)
  • Robert H. Goddard (RHG) Exceptional Achievement for Science to the MAVEN Science Team (2016)
  • NASA Jack Eddy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015)
  • Richard and Eleanor Towner Award for Distinguished Academic Achievement, University of Michigan (2015)
  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (2013 – 2015).
  • Vela Fellowship, Los Alamos National Laboratory (2013)

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