Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil

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Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil
NationalityTurkish Bilkent University
EducationUniversity of Minnesota
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Arizona
ThesisTesting supermassive black hole scaling relations using cosmological simulations and optical/near-IR imaging data (2018)
Doctoral advisorMarc Seigar

Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil is an astrophysicist at the University of Arizona. She is a 2018 TED Fellow.


Mutlu-Pakdil grew up in Turkey, where she loved physics and the night sky.[1] She attended Beşiktaş Atatürk Anatolian High School and was the first generation of her family to attend college.[2] She completed her undergraduate studies at Bilkent University in 2009.[3] She moved to Texas Tech University for her graduate studies, gaining a Masters degree in 2012.[3] In 2017 she earned her PhD, "Testing supermassive black hole scaling relations using cosmological simulations and optical/near-IR imaging data" from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.[3][4]

Research and career[edit]

In 2017 she was appointed a Postdoctoral Research associate at University of Arizona. She works at the Steward Observatory looking at the structure and dynamics of astrophysical objects, including dwarf galaxies, galactic rings and supermassive black holes.[1] She uses telescopes in Chile and Hawaii.[5] Here she co-chairs the Women in Astronomy group.[6] She is an American Astronomical Society ambassador.[7]

During her doctoral studies, Mutlu-Pakdil discovered the galaxy PGC 1000714, which has been nicknamed "Burçin's galaxy".[5] PGC 1000714 is an extremely rare double ringed elliptical galaxy, and her discovery generated extensive media coverage.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16]

She worked with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences to create a series of short scientific films for the general public.[8] In January 2018 Mutlu-Pakdil was announced as a TED Fellow.[17] She gave a lecture [18] at TED Vancouver in April, 2018.[5][1] She is a campaigner for the increased representation of Muslim women in science.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Gardner, Jeff. "Burçin's Galaxy". Tucson Weekly. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  2. ^ "Burcin Mutlu-Pakdil - Physics at Minnesota". 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  3. ^ a b c d "Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil | Astrophysicist". Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil | Astrophysicist. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  4. ^ Burcin, Mutlu Pakdil,; S., Seigar, Marc; L., Davis, Benjamin; M., Treuthardt, Patrick; Joel, Berrier, (January 2017). "Testing SMBH scaling relations using cosmological simulations and optical/near-IR imaging data". 229. Bibcode:2017AAS...22910701M.
  5. ^ a b c d Tucson, Johanna Willett | This Is. "This UA astrophysicist has a galaxy named after her". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  6. ^ "Tucson Women in Astronomy - Home". lavinia.as.arizona.edu. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  7. ^ "The AAS Astronomy Ambassadors Program | American Astronomical Society". aas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  8. ^ a b Ant Lab (2017-01-03), Burcin's Galaxy, retrieved 2018-04-22
  9. ^ Mutlu Pakdil, Burçin; Mangedarage, Mithila; Seigar, Marc S.; Treuthardt, Patrick (2017-04-01). "A photometric study of the peculiar and potentially double ringed, non-barred galaxy: PGC 1000714". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 466 (1): 355–368. arXiv:1701.03530. Bibcode:2017MNRAS.466..355M. doi:10.1093/mnras/stw3107. ISSN 0035-8711.
  10. ^ "Röportaj: Burçin'in Galaksisi, Fizik Aşkı, Karadeliklere Zaafı". 5Harfliler.com. 2017-03-29. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  11. ^ "Ultra-rare galaxy could be 'one of a kind' - CNN.com". 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  12. ^ "Astronomers get their first look at a mysterious galaxy with an unknown past | Astronomy.com". 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  13. ^ "UMD Researches Find New Type of Galaxy - Fox21Online". 2017-03-12. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  14. ^ "UMD student publishes paper about out-of-this-world discove..." Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  15. ^ "Rare galaxy spotted over 359 million light-years away". The Indian Express. 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  16. ^ "Scientists spot galaxy unlike any ever seen before". The Independent. 2017-01-04. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  17. ^ a b "Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil | Astrophysicist". Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil | Astrophysicist. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  18. ^ "Her TED Talk".
  19. ^ "Announcing the 2018 JCI TOYP Honorees".
  20. ^ "Woman Physicist of the Month". www.aps.org. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  21. ^ lmelton (2017-04-18). "Inspiration Times Three". News. Retrieved 2018-04-22.
  22. ^ "Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló Scholarship | Women's Center". diversity.umn.edu. Retrieved 2018-04-22.