Who am I?
My name is Jorge Lillo-Box. I am an astrophysicist researcher currently working as a PhD student in the Astrobiology Center (INTA-CSIC) in Madrid (Spain). I was born in Alicante in 1987. I studied in the C.P. Prácticas Aneja (1991-2001) and in the I.E.S. Miguel Hernández high-school (2001-2005). I moved to Madrid to study the Physics degree in the Complutense university (2005-2008) and then to La Laguna (Tenerife, Spain) to study the specialization in Astrophysics (2008-2010) and the Master in Astrphysics of the University of La Laguna (2010-2011). In 2010, I started my PhD and I am currently finishing this project.
Research interests
My research interests are related to the discovery and characterization of extrasolar planets. It is now more than 20 years that the first extrasolar planets were detected and confirmed. Incredibly, we now know around 2000 planets orbiting stars outside of our Solar System.

The formation, evolution, and death of these objects is currently a matter of study. However, the new instrumentation (both ground- and space-based) is playing a crucial role in this research filed, aiming to detect amazingly small and low-mass planets. In our search for an Earth analog, we are finding incredible systems that represent a challenge for our previous knowledge about exoplanets.

In my work, I have participted in the confirmation of several planets by using both space-based instrumentation such as the Kepler mission, and ground-based facilities such as the Calar Alto Observatory.
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Kepler planet illustrations (credit:NASA)
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