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Heather Cegla


Geneva Observatory
University of Geneva
Chemin des Maillettes 51
Versoix, 1290 Switzerland

Oct 2010 Jan 2014

Queens University Belfast (QUB)
PhD, Astrophysics
A Pathway to Earth-like Worlds: Overcoming Astrophysical Noise
Aug 2006 May 2010
Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM)
B.S Physics, Emphasis in Astronomy, Minor in Mathematics
Summa Cum Laude


Phone: +41 (0)22 379 2430

E-mail: h.cegla



Aug 2016 Present:

CHEOPS Research Fellow, Geneva Observatory, University of Geneva

Oct 2013 July 2016:

Leverhulme Trust Fellow, Astrophysics Research Centre, QUB

Jan 2015 June 2015:

Visiting Research Scientist, Geneva Observatory, University of Geneva

Oct 2010 Sept 2013:

Graduate Research Assistant, Astrophysics Research Centre, QUB

Spring 2014:

MSci Astrophysics (I): Advanced Topics in Stellar Evolution, QUB


2014: 6 nights, WHT-4.2m, multi-band photometry with ULTRACAM (P. I.)

2012: 1 night, OHP-1.93m, SOPHIE echelle spectrograph
2009: 11 nights, CTIO-1m, multi-band photometry


1. The Rossiter-McLaughlin effect reloaded: probing the 3D spin-orbit geometry, stellar differential
rotation, and the spatially-resolved stellar spectrum of star-planet systems
Cegla, H., M., Lovis, C., Bourrier, V., Beeck, B., Watson, C. A, Pepe, F. 2016b, A&A, 588, A127
2. Modelling the Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect: Impact of the Convective Centre-to-limb Variations in the
Stellar Photosphere
Cegla, H. M., Oshagh, M., Watson, C. A., Figueira, P., Santos, N. C. 2016a, ApJ, 819, 67
3. Estimating RV Variability from Kepler and GALEX: Implications for the RV Confirmation of Exoplanets
Cegla, H. M., Stassun, K. G., Watson, C. A., Bastien, F. A., Pepper, J. 2014, ApJ, 780, 104
4. Stellar Surface Magneto-Convection as a Source of Astrophysical Noise. I. Multi-component
Parameterisation of Absorption Line Profiles
Cegla, H. M., Shelyag, S., Watson, C. A., Mathioudakis, M. 2013, ApJ, 763, 95
5. Stellar jitter from variable gravitation redshift: implications for RV confirmation of habitable exoplanets
Cegla, H. M., Watson, C. A., Marsh, T. R., Shelyag, S., Moulds, V., Littlefair, S., Mathioudakis, M.,
Pollacco, D., Bonfils, X. 2012, MNRAS, L394

Honours and

H. M. Cegla

2016: Invited colloquium speaker for the Aspen Center for Physics Summer Workshop: Getting to 10 cm/s
2016: Selected to attend the 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (financial aid of 5000)
2014: University of Geneva secondment (brought in 19,693 to QUB)
2014: PATT Proposal: Estimating the false positive rate amongst Kepler planetary candidates with multicolour photometry, awarded 6 nights on the WHT/ULTRACAM (notional value of 102,000)
2013: Bursary Award to attend Royal Society Meeting Characterising Exoplanets
2012: Financial Assistance BUKS2012
2012: Royal Astronomical Society Grant
2011: Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research ($4500)
2011: Emily Sara Montgomery Travel Scholarship; QUB
2009: Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship (~$8000)
2006-2009: Physics Department Scholarship, Hart-Sipson Physics Scholarship, Upper Divisions
Scholarship, Wesley Memorial Physics Scholarship, Achievement Scholarship; MSUM

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