Work address        Avda. U. de Antofagasta 02800, Antofagasta 1270300, Chile

Phone        +56 552637599 (work)

Email (work)



Ph.D. in Astronomy. U. of Southampton (United Kingdom).


M.Sc. in Sciences, mention in Physics. U. de Concepción.


Licenciate in Engineering Sciences. U. de Concepción.


Academic work

2018-now        Associate professor, Director of the Centro de Astronomía.

Universidad de Antofagasta, Chile.

2012-2018        Associate professor, Director of the Unidad de Astronomía.

Universidad de Antofagasta, Chile.

2008-2012        Assistant professor. U. Católica del Norte, Chile.

2005-2007        Postdoctorate. U. Católica del Norte, Chile.

2004-2005        Postdoctorate. Research assistant for NASA's SIM project.

AURA Inc. and U. de Concepción.

Other positions

2011-2015        Referee for the Becas Chile program. CONICYT.

2011                Referee for the journal “Advances in Astronomy”.

2010-now        Member of the Scientific Advising Committee. EXPLORA-Antofagasta.

2007-2011        Director of the Centro de Divulgación Astronómica Paranal-UCN

(outreach centre) at U. Católica del Norte, in agreement with the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

2005-2007        Coordinator of the Centro de Divulgación Astronómica Paranal-UCN.

Organization of meetings

2016-2019        Chair of the LOC for the 2019 LARIM meeting, in Antofagasta.

2016                Chair of the LOC for the XIII Annual SOCHIAS meeting, in Antofagasta.


2018 Principal investigator.  Comité Mixto ESO-Chile.

LARIM 2019.

2018 Principal investigator.  FNDR 2% de Cultura LEF project.

Región de Antofagasta: Portal al Universo.

2018 Principal investigator.  FNDR 2% de Cultura project.

Embajada astrofotográfica de la Región de Antofagasta.

2017 Principal investigator.  Comité Mixto ESO-Chile.

IX Olimpiada Latinoamericana de Astronomía y Astronáutica

2017 Principal investigator. 3-year FIC-R project to begin in 2018.

        Collaborative development of astronomical technologies.        

2016 Principal investigator. 2-year Comité Mixto ESO-Chile.

        Proyectando la investigación astronómica en la Universidad de Antofagasta.

2015 Principal investigator.  FNDR 2% de Cultura project.

        Promoción de la observación astronómica en la Región de Antofagasta.

        2015 Principal investigator.  FNDR 2% de Cultura LEF project.

        Un espacio para la astrocultura en el corazón del desierto.

        2014 Principal investigator. 2-year QUIMAL project 140004.        

 Manufacturing components for the APOGEE-S spectrograph. An SDSS-IV CPG initiative.

        2014 Principal investigator. 3-year FIC-R 30321072-0 project.

        Centro Regional de Astroingeniería (Regional Astroengineering Center).

        2014 Principal investigator.  FNDR 2% de Cultura LEF project.

        Consolidando y extendiendo una década de Antofagasta Mira Las Estrellas.        

2013 Principal investigator. 2-year QUIMAL project 130004.

        The first public Chilean professional observatory in the Región de Antofagasta.        

        2013 Principal investigator. EXPLORA project EPA20117.


        2013 Principal investigator. ALMA-CONICYT project 31130006 .

        Participation of astronomy graduate students in international astronomy meetings .

        2013 Director. Anglo American – U. de Antofagasta.

        Fomento a las ciencias y astronomía.


        2018 -                 SDSS-IV.

2014 - 2015         MiNDSTEp.

        2013 -         2018        Executive Committee of the Chilean Participation Group in SDSS-IV.

        2007-                EURONEAR.


        2013 - 2018        Executive Director. Sociedad Chilena de Astronomía (SOCHIAS).

        2013 -                 Member of the Astronomical International Union.

        2013                Chilean representative in the Task Force 1. Nodo Andino de Astronomía.



“Mejoramiento Docente” (improving teaching) award, UCN.


Gemini-PPARC studentship for PhD studies in UK. PPARC – Fund. Andes.


Teaching studentship. Escuela de Graduados, UdeC.


Fees studentship. Escuela de Graduados, UdeC.


MINEDUC studentship. Ministerio de Educación de Chile.


Presidente de la República studentship. Min. Interior de Chile.


Scientific, refereed (last 5years)

Aguado. D. et al. (including Unda-Sanzana, E.)

The Fifteenth Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Surveys: First Release of MaNGA-derived Quantities, Data Visualization Tools, and Stellar Library

The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 240, Issue 2, article id. 23, 25 pp. (2019)

Ramírez Moreta, P. et al. (including Unda-Sanzana, E.)

Unveiling the environment and faint features of the isolated galaxy CIG 96 with deep optical and HI observations

Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 619, id.A163, 22 pp. (2018)

Evans et al. (including Unda-Sanzana, E.)

High-resolution Imaging of Transiting Extrasolar Planetary systems (HITEP). II. Lucky Imaging results from 2015 and 2016

Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 610, id.A20, 22 pp. (2018)

Vaduvescu et al. (including Unda-Sanzana, E.)

The EURONEAR Lightcurve Survey of Near Earth Asteroids

Earth, Moon, and Planets, Volume 120, Issue 2, pp.41-100 (2017)

Albareti et al. (including Unda-Sanzana, E.)

The 13th Data Release of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey: First Spectroscopic Data from the SDSS-IV Survey Mapping Nearby Galaxies at Apache Point Observatory

The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, Volume 233, Issue 2, article id. 25, 25 pp. (2017).

Henderson et al. (including Unda-Sanzana, E.)

Campaign 9 of the $K2$ Mission: Observational Parameters, Scientific Drivers, and Community Involvement for a Simultaneous Space- and Ground-based Microlensing Survey

Publications of the Astronomical Society of Pacific, Volume 128, Issue 970, pp. 124401 (2016).

Figuera Jaimes et al. (including Peixinho, N. and Unda-Sanzana, E.)

Many new variable stars discovered in the core of the globular cluster NGC 6715 (M54) with EMCCD observations

Astronomy & Astrophysics, Volume 592, id.A120, 17 pp. (2016).

Poleski et al. (including Unda-Sanzana, E.)

The Spitzer Microlensing Program as a Probe for Globular Cluster Planets: Analysis of OGLE-2015-BLG-0448

The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 823, Issue 1, article id. 63, pp. (2016).

Southworth et al. (including Unda-Sanzana, E.)

High-precision photometry by telescope defocussing. VIII. WASP-22, WASP-41, WASP-42 and WASP-55

Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 457, Issue 4, p.4205-4217 (2016).

Street et al. (including Unda-Sanzana, E.)

Spitzer Parallax of OGLE-2015-BLG-0966: A Cold Neptune in the Galactic Disk

The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 819, Issue 2, article id. 93, 12 pp. (2016).

Bozza et al. (including Unda-Sanzana, E.)

Spitzer Observations of OGLE-2015-BLG-1212 Reveal a New Path to Breaking Strong Microlens Degeneracies

The Astrophysical Journal, Volume 820, Issue 1, article id. 79, 10 pp. (2016).


Many articles contributed to magazines and ezines, with emphasis on scientific outreach and astronomy: Revista Tell (Antofagasta), Tauzero (Santiago), Argonavis (Antofagasta), La Alternativa (Antofagasta).  

2018-                        SOCHIAS representative for CONICYT educational summits

2017                        Main organizer of the Latin American Olympic Games of Astronomy

2012-                        Periodic columns for El Mercurio de Antofagasta.

2011-2014                   Blog in La Tercera online.


Manager level        Microsoft Windows and several Linux and Unix distributions.

Programming languages        Perl, PHP, PDL, C. Basics of MySQL, Fortran, Pascal, Basic.

Astronomical software        IRAF, Starlink suites. pamela, molly, doppler and other software.

Websites authored (old version)
 (original version, awarded a “Top 100 sites in Chile” by La Tercera).


Spanish        Mother tongue.

English        I lived three years in UK. I have a good command of the language.

Catalan        I lived one year in Catalonya. I can understand the language.



Scientific debunking of paranormal phenomena and popular myths about astronomy. General teaching of astronomy.


Indirect imaging of accretion disks. Cataclysmic variable stars. Extrasolar planets. Minor bodies of the Solar System. Astronomical instrumentation.