Dax Feliz

Dr. Dax Feliz in the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space.
Dr. Dax Feliz in the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space.


Dr. Dax Feliz received his bachelors degree in Astronomy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, his Master’s degree in Physics from Fisk University and his PhD in Astrophysics from Vanderbilt University. He is now a Post-Doctoral researcher in the department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Dr. Feliz is a part of the Stars and Planets research group at AMNH, led by Dr. Ruth Angus as well as the Astronomical Data research group at the Flatiron Institute Center for Computational Astrophysics. Feliz is also a research mentor in the AMNH Science Research Mentorship Program (SRMP) where he and his team of high school students work on detecting new exoplanet detections in NASA space telescope data. Feliz also provides research mentorship in AMNH’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Dr. Feliz teaches a summer programming boot camp for incoming students as part of the City University of New York’s master’s in Astrophysics Bridge Program.

With more than 20 peer-reviewed articles published in astrophysical journals and invitations to speak at conferences and universities across the country, Dr. Feliz is beginning to establish a distinguished reputation in the field. He currently holds a special position at the American Museum of Natural History that enables him to conduct cutting-edge research on exoplanet discoveries, while also serving as a mentor and advisor in education programs for high school, college, and graduate students.

There are several scientific endeavors based at AMNH led by Dr. Feliz and comprise of members of his team:

1. A TESS based research group that converts space telescope images of stars into light curves.

2. Applying complex algorithms to TESS light curves to identify periodic signals that would indicate the presence of orbiting planets or stellar activity of stars.  

3. Detecting stellar rotation, flare activity and identifying stellar activity cycles.


Research Interests

  • Low Mass Stars
  • Exoplanets and Habitability
  • Stellar Flares, Rotation and Activity 
  • Eclipsing Binary Star System