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TESS Team Member Biography

Dr. Patricia BoydDr. Patricia Boyd
TESS Guest Investigator Program Lead

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

Dr. Patricia Boyd is the Associate Director, Astrophysics Science Division and Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Deputy Project Scientist for Operations. For the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), Dr. Boyd is the lead for the TESS Guest Investigator Program. Dr. Boyd received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University in astronomy and astrophysics. She obtained an M.Sc. in physics and atmospheric science and a Ph.D. in physics and atmospheric science both from Drexel University.

Over twenty years of experience at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, applying traditional and novel time series analysis and spectral analysis techniques to space science data from a variety of platforms including HST, International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE), Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE), Swift and Kepler, with an emphasis on the variability and dynamics of accreting compact objects, while being an effective manager and team leader of guest observer facilities, software development efforts and student programs. Dr. Boyd has authored over 60 publications.

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