Sarbani Basu, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Department of Astronomy, Yale University

Steinbach Hall, 52 Hillhouse Ave., New Haven, CT 06511, USA

E-mail:, Ph:+1-203-432-3028 (direct), +1-203-436-8470 (Assistant)




1986                B.Sc. in Physics, Women’s Christian College, Chennai, India

1988                M.Sc. in Physics, University of Poona, Pune, India

1993                Ph.D. in Physics, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India


Professional Preparation:

1993-1994       Post Doctoral Researcher, Queen Mary & Westfield College, London, U.K.

1994-1997       Post Doctoral Researcher, Theoretical Astrophysics Center, Univ. of Aarhus, Denmark

1997-1999       Member, Institute for Advance Study, Princeton, NJ, USA


Academic positions held:

2016-               Chair, Department of Astronomy, Yale University

2011-2016       Director of Graduate Admissions, Department of Astronomy, Yale University

2005-               Professor, Department of Astronomy, Yale University

2004-2005       Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy, Yale University

2002-2007       Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Astronomy, Yale University

2000-2004       Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy, Yale University



Š             2018: The George Ellery Hale Prize of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society

Š             2015: Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Š             2002: Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship, Yale University

Š             1996: The M.K. Vainu Bappu Gold Medal of the Astronomical Society of India.

Publications:   Ň 250 peer reviewed publications.

                          >17000 citations as per the Astrophysics Data System (ADS),  H index = 73

                          > 23000 citations as per Google Scholar, H index = 83

Publications can be accessed from


Managerial/ supervisory/ advisory positions

2017- present  Member, Editorial Board, Solar Physics

2016- present  Chair, Department of Astronomy, Yale University

2016-2016       Chair, Mikulsky Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) Users’ Group   

2015- present              Member, Board of the TESS Asteroseismic Science Consortium

2014- present              Member, Board of Directors, Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)

2014- present  AURA Member Representative for Yale University

2014                            Member, Visiting Committee to evaluate laboratory astrophysics funded by the French Commissariat ą l'Energie Atomique (CEA)

2014                Member, Committee to evaluate performance of Space Telescope Science Institute’s Director

2013-2015       Member, Mikulsky Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) Users’ Group   

2012-2013       National Solar Observatory's Committee of Visitors

2011                Member, Member, AURA committee for evaluating National Solar Observatory’s leadership

2009- present              Member, Steering Committee, Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium

2008                Committee of Visitors, ATM division of the National Science Foundation

2006-2009       Management and Operations Working Group (MOWG) of NASA’s Living With a Star program

2005-2011       Member, National Solar Observatory Users’ Committee

2003-2010       Member, Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Oscillation Network Group


Research Interests: Solar and stellar astrophysics; solar structure, dynamics and variability; solar and stellar activity cycles; asteroseismic studies of stellar evolution; using stellar properties to probe Galactic structure.


Funding history: A successful record of obtaining external funding, including an NSF CAREER Award.


1)    2000-2004: PI NASA grant NAG5-10912 ($ 157,358), “Probing Cycle-Related Changes in the Outer Layers of the Ring-Diagram Analysis.”

2)    2002-2005: PI NSF Grant, ATM 026130 ($ 347,314), “Solar Variability: Modeling and Helioseismic Studies.”

3)    2006-2012: Co-I, NASA project “Helioseismic and Magnetic Imager for Solar Dynamics Observatory,” ($ 357,490 for Co-I).

4)    2004-2009: P.I., NSF Career grant ($597,442), “CAREER: Solar Variability in the Classroom and in Research.”

5)    2006-2009: P.I., NASA grant NNG06GD13G ($ 193,931) “Probing the structure and dynamics of the outer layers of the Sun”,

6)    2008-2011: P.I., NSF grant ATM 0737770 ($ 399,383) “Helioseismology and Solar Magnetic Fields: Studying the forward problem”

7)    2009-2012: P.I., NASA ATFP grant NNX09AJ53G ($ 369,534) “Modeling convection in stars: from 3D simulations to 1D approximations”

8)    2010-2013: P.I., NASA grant NNX10AE60G ($ 373,404) “The structure and dynamics of the solar interior during the minimum of cycle 24”

9)    2011-2014: P.I. NASA Education and Public Outreach grant NNX11AH34G ($310, 820) “ Solar Cycle Investigations: NASA Science Exploration for Middle School Students and Teachers”

10) 2011-2014: P.I. NSF grant AST-1105930 ($ 345,486) “Journey to the Centre of Stars: Testing Stellar Evolution with Asteroseismology”

11) 2013-2016: P.I. NASA grant NNX13AE70G ($ 346,017) “Charting the properties of stars in the Kepler field to study the Galaxy”

12) 2015-2018: P.I. NSF grant AST-1514676 ($ 433,565) “Decreasing Systematic Errors in Estimates of Stellar Ages”

13) 2016-2019: P.I. NASA grant NNX16AI096 ($372,191) “The Giants in The Kepler Fields”

14) 2016-2017: US P.I. for NASA K2 guest observer grant NNS16AE65G ($18,000) “Asteroseismology of solar-type stars with K2 (K2GO2)”

15) 2017-2018: US P.I. for NASA K2 guest observer grant NNX17AL49G ($40,000) “Asteroseismology of solar-type stars with K2 (K2GO4)”

16) 2018-2019: US P.I. for NASA K2 guest observer grant 80NSSC18K0363 ($35,000) “Asteroseismology of solar-type stars with K2 (K2GO5)”

17) 2018-2020: P.I. NASA TESS Guest Investigation grant ($70,000) “Investigating the evolution of Helium” (awaiting funds)


Peer-review activities:


1)    Referee for Astrophysical Journal, Astronomy & Astrophysics, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Reviews of Modern Physics, Solar Physics, Nature, Physical Review Letters, Europhysics Letters

2)    NASA review panels 2000, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017

3)    NSF review panel 2012, 2016

4)    Mail-in reviewer for NASA proposals 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012

5)    Mail-in reviewer for NSF proposals 2002 – 2015

6)    Mail-in reviewer for United Kingdom Particle Physics and Astrophysics Research council’s proposals 2004

7)    Reviewer for the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), 2005, 2007, 2010,

8)    Reviewer for Canadian Space Agency, 2007

9)    Reviewer for German Science Foundation 2014, 2015

10) Reviewer for the Belgian Science Foundation 2015



Scientific Organizing Committees of Meetings:


1)    Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, SOHO 6/GONG 98 Workshop, Boston, June 1998

2)    Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, SOHO 12/GONG 02 Workshop, Big Bear, October 2002

3)    Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, GONG2006/SOHO 18/Helas 1 meeting “Beyond the Spherical Sun,” Sheffield, U.K., August 2006

4)    Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, SOHO 17 meeting “10 Years of SOHO and Beyond”, Sicily, May 2006.

5)    Chair, Scientific and Local Organizing Committees, GONG 2004 -SOHO 14 meeting, New Haven, CT, USA, July 2004

6)    Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, 2010 Sagan Summer Workshop

7)    Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium meetings 2011 (Boulder, USA), 2012 (Hungary), 2013 (Sydney, Australia)

8)    Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, “Fifty Years of Seismology of the Sun and Stars,” Tucson, AZ, May 2013

9)    Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, “New advances in stellar physics: from microscopic to macroscopic processes”, Roscoff, France, May 2013

10) Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, 19th Cambridge Cool Stars Meeting, Uppsala, Sweden, 2016

11) Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, TESS Asteroseismic Science Consortium meetings 2016 (Terceira, Portugal), 2017 (Birmingham, UK)

12) Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, 20th Cambridge Cool Stars Meeting, Boston, 2018