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Elizabeth Tasker is an astrophysicist at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in Tokyo. Her research looks at the formation of planets and stars in simulations of galaxies like our own Milky Way. Elizabeth's popular science book on exoplanets, 'The Planet Factory', will be published by Bloomsbury in September 2017. She keeps her own personal blog as testimony to exactly how confusing life can sometimes get in Japan and can also be found on twitter and Google+.


  • 2016–present
    Associate Professor, JAXA
  • 2011–2016
    Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University
  • 2009–2011
    CITA National Fellow, McMaster University
  • 2006–2009
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Florida


  • 2006 
    University of Oxford, D.Phil
  • 2002 
    Durham University, UK, M.Sci (Hons) Theoretical Physics