John Lopez
Postgraduate Student

John Lopez

Ph.D. Candidate - Astrophysics (July 2014 - Present) - UNSW Sydney/CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
Primary Ph.D. Supervisor: Dr Maria Cunningham.
Co-Supervisor: Adjunct Associate Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith
Thesis: From one extreme to another: Star formation in different environments.

Bachelor of Science (Physics) with an Honours year in Astronomy (2009 - 2013) - UNSW Sydney
Honours Supervisor: Dr Maria Cunningham.
Thesis: The Chemistry and Kinematics of Molecular Clouds near Sagittarius A*

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Physics

Star Formation in the Milky Way Galaxy, the interstellar medium, black holes.




  • Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) Student Member.

Lopez, J., Cunningham, M., Jones, P., Marshall, J., Bronfman, L., Lo, N. and Walsh, A. (2016). The Chemistry and Kinematics of Two Molecular Clouds near Sagittarius A*. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. [online] Available at:

An arXiv preprint of the paper (which is free for anyone to access!) is available here:

Ginsburg, A., Walsh, A., Henkel, C., Jones, P., Cunningham, M., Kauffmann, J., Pillai, T., Mills, E., Ott, J., Kruijssen, J., Menten, K., Battersby, C., Rathborne, J., Contreras, Y., Longmore, S., Walker, D., Dawson, J. and Lopez, J. (2015). High-mass star-forming cloud G0.38+0.04 in the Galactic center dust ridge contains H2CO and SiO masers. Astronomy & Astrophysics, [online] 584, p.L7. Available at:

My name has also appeared on a paper related to Planck Galactic Cold Clumps:

and on the following IAU conference proceedings: