Dr. Amy Reines joined the MSU Physics Department as an Assistant Professor in August 2017. Amy’s research is focused on the origin of supermassive black holes, which is a major outstanding issue in modern astrophysics. These giant black holes have masses of millions to billions of Suns, and reside at the center of essentially every normal galaxy including our Milky Way. Amy uses observations from the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Very Large Array radio telescope, and large ground-based astronomical surveys to find and study the smallest “dwarf” galaxies hosting supermassive black holes, as they can provide clues to the puzzling question: How did these monster black holes get started in the first place?


Amy earned a B.S. in Astronomy from the University of Maryland and an M.S. in Physics from San Francisco State University. After working outside of academia for a few years, Amy earned her Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Virginia, where she was a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellow. In 2011, she began a NASA Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was subsequently awarded a NASA Hubble Fellowship in 2014, which she took to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson, Arizona.  


On the weekends Amy enjoys hiking in the beautiful mountains around Bozeman, sampling the restaurants downtown, and spending time with her family. She also loves to travel around the world and has been known to play some roller derby when time permits