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Chemistry Welcomes New Faculty Member Dr. Ilsa Cooke

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Ilsa Cooke as an Assistant Professor in the area of experimental physical chemistry with a focus on astrochemistry. She will join the department January 1st , 2022.

Dr. Cooke completed her PhD in Physical Chemistry at the University of Virginia, where she used laboratory experiments to constrain thermal and photon-induced processes in interstellar ices. During this time, she worked as a visiting researcher at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics investigating ice diffusion processes and photochemistry. She is currently completing a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute of Physics at the University of Rennes in France where she is exploring low-temperature gas-phase kinetics of reactions relevant to astrochemistry using various techniques.

The Cooke group at UBC will focus on using laboratory surface and gas-phase experiments to unravel the formation of molecules in interstellar space.