Department of Chemistry

College of Letters & Science
Gustavo Cruz Diaz

Email address: gcruzdiaz@wisc.edu

Group Affiliation: 
Widicus Weaver Group
Position Name: 
Assistant Scientist

Gustavo grew up in Cali, Colombia. He completed his bachelor's in Physics at Universidad del Valle. After been awarded a Ph.D. scholarship, he moved to Spain to study astrophysics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He worked on his Ph.D. dissertation about the effects of ultraviolet irradiation on interstellar ice analogs at the Astrobiology Center (Centro de Astrobiología – CAB, in Spanish), under the supervision of Dr. Guillermo M. Muñoz Caro. Following his graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Sterrewacht (Observatory), Leiden University, in The Netherlands. Then, he joined the Laboratory Astrochemistry team at NASA Ames Research Center, where he worked as a postdoc for 4.5 years. Currently, he is an Assistant Scientist at UW Madison working in the Widicus Weaver Research Group. His research interests are Interstellar dust and ices, mass spectrometry, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy, and high- and ultra-high-vacuum systems. He likes to camp, bouldering, and good beer.

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