Deanne Fisher


I am trans and I am an astronomy professor.//


I’m a professor in the Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. I got my PhD from the University of Texas using Spitzer Space Telescope and then went on to study gas and star formation in galaxies with a mixture of the world’s largest radio and optical telescopes. I love using telescopes of all sorts! I currently lead a few international research teams. One called DYNAMO that studies star formation in some of the most extreme environments in the nearby Universe, and another called DUVET that uses Keck telescope to study outflows of gas that come from supernova explosions. I received a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council and was also for a few years the Deputy Director of my research center, but I much prefer spending my time doing research.

When I’m not doing astronomy, you can usually find me with my wife doting on our pomeranian. I am an avid fantasy reader and enjoy writing my own stories. I like cooking and especially learning to cook things that are new and difficult.