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Dawn M Gelino

Deputy Director; NASA Program Manager, NASA Exoplanet Science Institute, California Institute of Technology

Research Focus
About Dawn

Dr. Dawn Gelino is the Deputy Director of the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute located at Caltech. She is also a lead for the NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP) and for NASA’s Nexus for Exoplanetary System Science (NExSS) research coordination network.  Dawn serves as the NASA Keck Operations Scientist for the WM Keck Observatory, and manages all of NASA’s time on the two 10m telescopes atop MaunaKea.

Dawn has chaired or been a member of the science and/or local organizing committees for 40+ international astrophysics meetings.  She has also served on numerous Board of Directors for the American Astronomical Society (AAS), and NASA’s Astrophysics Data Systems (ADS).

Ever the advocate for early career scientists, Dawn has served as an organizer and panel member for many career planning workshops, and she also serves as an ally for minority and underrepresented scientists.


2020 - American Astronomical Society Legacy Fellow

2017 - NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal – Science Community Support

2001 - Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow


Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences, University of California San, 10/2001 - 05/2004


Astronomy, New Mexico State University, 09/2001


Astronomy, New Mexico State University, 05/1999


Physics and Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 05/1996

Interested in
  • Mentoring
  • Mentorship
  • Postdoc Fellowships
  • Professional Service (e.g. review panels)
  • DEI/STEM Community Engagement
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