Dr. Kartaltepe is an astrophysicist in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the Rochester Institute of Technology. She was born in San Antonio, Texas, then moved to different parts of the US for her BA, MS, PhD, and postdoc before settling in Rochester, New York. She is an expert in the area of galaxy formation and evolution and is interested in understanding how the first stars and galaxies in the universe formed and how various physical processes shaped their transformation into today’s galaxies. She is the PI of COSMOS-Web, the largest James Webb Space Telescope program to be observed in its first year of operations, which will map out a large area of the sky in the near- and mid-infrared to study how galaxies in the early universe formed in relation to structures on large scales. She is also a leading co-I on the CEERS program, one of the first programs to obtain observations this summer.
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