Dr. Burcin Mutlu Pakdil at the Annual Function of IMPMS at the University of Texas at Dallas
Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil, Ph.D., is a Turkish astrophysicist. Her research has led to a discovery of an extremely rare galaxy with a unique double-ringed elliptical structure, which is now commonly referred to as Burcin's Galaxy. But, the Burçin's Galaxy was one step further! Through extensive imaging and analysis, our astrophysicist Mutlu-Pakdil found that, unlike Hoag's Object, this newly found galaxy has two rings with no visible materials attached to them. It is a phenomenon that no one had ever seen before!
Mutlu-Pakdil grew up in Turkey, where she loved physics and the night sky. She attended Beşiktaş Atatürk Anatolian High School and was the first generation of her family to attend college. She completed her undergraduate studies in physics at Bilkent University in 2009. She moved to Texas Tech University for her graduate studies, gaining a master's degree in physics in 2012. In 2017 she earned her Ph.D. in astrophysics with the dissertation Testing Supermassive Black Hole Scaling Relations Using Cosmological Simulations and Optical/Near-IR Imaging Data from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
She uses the world's largest telescopes to understand the nature of dark matter and galaxy formation by studying the smallest galaxies.