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Dr. Gillian Wilson Bio

Dr. Gillian Wilson

Dr. Wilson Is Vice Chancellor for Research, Innovation, And Economic Development at UC Merced (UCM). She Previously Served as a Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development And A Professor Of Physics And Astronomy At UC Riverside (UCR). During Her tenure at UCR, Dr. Wilson’s Administrative Experience Included Serving as Interim Deputy Director of The University of California Observatories, UCR Director of The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, Interim Divisional Dean for Physical Sciences and Mathematics, and Chair of the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences Executive Committee. 

Dr. Wilson’s Research Expertise is in Observational Cosmology And Galaxy Evolution. She leads several large international Astronomy collaborations, and her work has resulted in more than 110 refereed publications and more than $10m in extramural funding and telescope time. She is committed to public outreach and, especially, to attracting women and minorities into the stem fields. Her outreach activities have touched more than 50,000 people.  

Dr. Wilson holds A Ph.D. in Physics from the University Of Durham and A B.Sc. in Physics from the University Of Glasgow.  She is a fellow of both the American Physical Society (Aps) and the American Astronomical Society (Aas).