Welcome to the website of Tom Hughes (舒大同).

I'm a postdoctoral researcher in extragalactic astronomy, currently based at the Institute of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Valparaiso with a joint position at the University of Science and Technology of China.

Here you will find information about myself, research interests and public outreach activities.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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Latest Posts

MethylCal: Results published in FASEB Journal | posted on 18/08/2017

New results from our interdisciplinary work are now online. The recently published article, entitled “Transcriptomic and epigenetic regulation of disuse atrophy and return to activity in skeletal muscle“, by Dr. Andrew Fisher, Dr. Robert Seaborne, et al., investigates the transcriptome … Read more

Award of the China-Chile Fellowship | posted on 01/08/2017

I am truly honoured to have been awarded the China-Chile Fellowship. This joint fellowship award from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) of Chile grants me numerous, exciting opportunities to … Read more

Observing at APEX (Run #2) | posted on 01/06/2017

Check out these 360 degree views of the APEX site on Chajnantor Plataeu! I took the images during my second observing run at APEX using the Google Street View app for the iPhone. You basically have to stand on one … Read more

Recent News

APEX telescope

Observing run at APEX

- 14th-21st April 2018 @ San Pedro, Chile

Observed for the Chilean community and my own project: using FLASH on APEX to trace physical conditions in the interstellar medium of low-z galaxies traced via CO lines.


Science with APEX

- 11th-14th March 2018 @ Tegernsee, Germany

I gave a talk presenting the hottest new results from VALES IV: an apparent smooth transition in the star formation efficiency from normal to starburst galaxies.


Observing run at the JCMT

- 21st October - 6th November 2017 @ Mauna Kea, USA

I contributed to observing for the HASHTAG large program at the James Clark Maxwell Telescope and afterwards gave a seminar at the East Asian Observatory.

Cardiff thesis

Celebrating a decade in research

- 3rd October 2017 @ Cardiff, United Kingdom

It was a very special occasion for me to give a talk to Cardiff's extragalactic group on the tenth anniversary (más o menos) of the start of my PhD research.

ALMA antennae transporter

Observing run at APEX

- 20th-25th September 2017 @ San Pedro, Chile

More observing for the Chilean community and another visit to the ALMA high site, during which I finally saw an antennae being transported down to the OSF!


Visit to FAST

- 10th September 2017 @ Guizhou, China

I was amazed by this absolute monster of an observatory: read more about my trip to the Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope here.

USTC Astronomy Department

China-Chile kick-off: visit to USTC

- 3rd-9th September 2017 @ Hefei, China

After accepting the China-Chile Fellowship, I started my joint position as a Fellow at USTC and met with colleagues in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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Address: Instituto de Física y Astronomía
         Universidad de Valparaíso
         Av. Gran Bretaña 1111
         Valparaíso, Chile


Telephone: +56 9 9901 3258
FAX: +56 32 2508230
Skype: txhughes
E-mail: thomas.hughes (at) uv.cl