UCLA Planet Formation Group

Hilke E. Schlichting


My research interests lie at the intersection of astrophysics and planetary sciences. In my work I combine exoplanet-research with the study of our Solar System and take advantage of this powerful synergy to develop a comprehensive understanding of planet formation. My group focuses on pioneering new theoretical models, which are motivated and guided by cutting-edge observations and geochemical measurements, with the goal of explaining the origin and diversity of exoplanets and placing the formation of our own Solar System into context. Ultimately, I would like to answer where we come from and why life evolved in the Universe where it did.


Research Interests

I am a Professor in Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences at UCLA and associate Dean for research for the Physical Sciences.



Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences

University of California, Los Angeles  

595 Charles E. Young Dr. East

Los Angeles

CA 90095-1567

Email: hilke AT ucla.edu

Phone: (310) 825-5130

Office:  4644 Geology Building


PhD.: Astrophysics, Caltech 2009

         Advisor: Re’em Sari

BA., M.S.,: Physics, University of  

         Cambridge, 2004






Last Updated: Feb 2023

Observing with SOFIA


January 2023: Akash Gupta receives 51 Peg b postdoctoral fellowship. Congratulations, Akash!

May 2020: Lorraine Nicholson was selected into the UC LEADS program. Congratulations, Lorraine!