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Leonidas Moustakas

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 169-506

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

Astrophysics & Space Sciences

Section Manager


  • PhD., Astrophysics, UC Berkeley (1998)
  • M.S., Astronomy, UC Berkeley (1994)
  • B.S., Astronomy, University of Arizona (1991)
  • B.S., Physics, University of Arizona (1991)

Professional Experience

  • Full Biography
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Astrophysics & Space Sciences Section
    • Section Manager (2013 - present)
    • Research Scientist (2006 - present)
    • Scientist (2005-2006)
  • Space Telescope Science Institute, Postdoc with the Spitzer/GOODS-Legacy project (2002-2005)
  • University of Oxford, UK, Postdoc with the Observational Cosmology Group (1999-2002)

Research Interests

  • Member of the NASA Astrophysics Advisory Committee (APAC)
  • The nature of dark matter
  • Galaxy formation and evolution
  • Time domain astrophysics

Selected Publications

  1. Moustakas, L.A. 2017, Nature Astronomy, "Tuning pulsars to listen in on massive galaxies,"
  2. Cyr-Racine, F.-Y., Moustakas, L.A., et al. 2016, Physical Reviews D, "Dark census: Statistically detecting the satellite populations of distant galaxies,"
  3. Merten, J. et al. 2015, Astrophysical Journal, "CLASH: The Concentration-Mass Relation of Galaxy Clusters,"
  4. Pullen, A.R. et al. 2014, Astrophysical Journal, "Nonlinear Evolution of Dark Matter Subhalos and Applications to Warm Dark Matter,"
  5. Patel, B. et al. 2014, Astrophysical Journal, "Three Gravitationally Lensed Supernovae behind CLASH Galaxy Clusters,"
  6. Keeton, C.R. and Moustakas, L.A. 2009, Astrophysical Journal, "A New Channel for Detecting Dark Matter Substructure in Galaxies: Gravitational Lens Time Delays,"
  7. Moustakas, L.A. et al. 2007, Astrophysical Journal Letters, "A Strong-Lens Survey in AEGIS: The Influence of Large-Scale Structure,"
  8. Moustakas, L.A. and Metcalf, R.B. 2003, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, "Detecting dark matter substructure spectroscopically in strong gravitational lenses,"
  9. Moustakas, L.A. and Somerville, R.S. 2002, Astrophysical Journal, "The Masses, Ancestors, and Descendants of Extremely Red Objects: Constraints from Spatial Clustering,"
  10. Moustakas, L.A. et al. 1997, Astrophysical Journal, "Colors and K-Band Counts of Extremely Faint Field Galaxies,"