Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Astrophysics



+44 (0)20 7594 7553s.mohanty




1010 BlackettBlackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





I am an Associate Professor in Astrophysics in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London, as well as a Visiting Professor in the School of Earth and Planetary Sciences (SEPS) at the National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER) in India.

My research interests are in planet formation and protoplanetary discs; star formation and accretion discs; stellar and planetary atmospheres and evolution; stellar activity and angular momentum evolution; and exobiology. I pursue research in these topics through a combination of theory, magneto-hydrodynamical numerical simulations, and observations spanning ultraviolet to radio wavelengths.

Prior to joining Imperial, I was a NASA Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I received my PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley, and BA in Astronomy from Harvard University.

Besides research in astrophysics, I am also involved in climate change efforts in India; hobbies include natural history, entomology, hiking and linguistics.



Jankovic MR, Owen JE, Mohanty S, 2019, Close-in super-Earths: The first and the last stages of planet formation in an MRI-accreting disc, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:484, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:2296-2308

Jankovic MR, Haworth TJ, Ilee JD, et al., 2019, Observing substructure in circumstellar discs around massive young stellar objects, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:482, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:4673-4686

Mohanty S, Jankovic MR, Tan JC, et al., 2018, Inside-out planet formation. V. structure of the inner disk as implied by the MRI, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:861, ISSN:0004-637X, Pages:1-27

Hu X, Tan JC, Zhu Z, et al., 2018, Inside-out planet formation. IV. Pebble evolution and planet formation timescales, Astrophysical Journal, Vol:857, ISSN:0004-637X

Haworth TJ, Facchini S, Clarke CJ, et al., 2018, Where can a Trappist-1 planetary system be produced?, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Vol:475, ISSN:0035-8711, Pages:5460-5473

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