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

Xinhua journalists

Interview with Xinhua News Agency

- 25th September 2019 @ Valparaiso, Chile

I was interviewed by journalists from Xinhua News Agency as part of a segment on China-Chile collaboration and the need for international cooperation in astronomy.


Observing run at the JCMT

- 17th - 25th August 2019 @ Mauna Kea, USA

Despite anti-TMT protests closing facilities for some time, I was fortunate to observe for the HASHTAG team using SCUBA-2 on the James Clark Maxwell Telescope.


China-Chile: visit to USTC

- 15th - 23rd April 2019 @ Hefei, China

A pleasant week spent working in the department and meeting colleagues at USTC, aiming to develop future post-fellowship collaborations.


Collaborative visit to KASI

- 16th - 24th February 2019 @ Daejeon, South Korea

I visited my friend and colleague Prof. Rory Smith at the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute to discuss a new project based on some of the VALES MUSE observations.

The Seasons

Teaching about the Universe

- 8th February 2019 @ Burton-on-Trent, United Kingdom

I taught a Year 7 class all about the Earth's seasons, its place in the Solar System, and the scale of the Universe. I've uploaded the lesson resources for science teachers in a zip file here.

APEX TAC President

Election to President of APEX TAC

- 20th December 2018 @ Santiago, Chile

During the recent meeting, I was thrilled to be elected President of the Chilean APEX Time Allocation Committee and am looking forward to assuming this responsibility for the next two years.

APEX telescope

Observing run at APEX

- 21st-31st August 2018 @ San Pedro, Chile

Observed again for the Chilean community and my own project: simultaneously observing two CO transitions using FLASH on APEX to trace physical conditions in the ISM of low-z galaxies.

Cerro Calan

China-Chile: pogress talk at CASSACA

- 13th July 2018 @ Cerro Calan, Chile

I gave a talk on physical conditions in star-forming galaxies - my analysis of far-infrared spectroscopy of NGC 2403, VALES-MUSE data reduction, and the study of the Cosmic Seagull.

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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