Yue Shen

 Yue Shen

Contact Information

124 Astronomy
1002 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL
Assistant Professor
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Research Interests

  • Observational Cosmology
  • Quasars and Active Galactic Nuclei
  • Galaxy Formation and Evolution
  • Surveys and Time-Domain Science

Research Description

I am an extragalactic observer. I mainly work on a range of topics centered on quasars and supermassive black holes (SMBHs), to understand the physics and evolution of these exotic objects in the cosmological context. Specifically, I work on the large-scale structure traced by quasars, the demography of SMBHs as a function of cosmic time, the phenomenology and physics of black hole accretion, and the co-evolution of black holes and host galaxies. I use multi-wavelength survey data and dedicated observing programs to carry out these studies.


  • Ph.D., Princeton University, 2009
  • B.S., Tsinghua University, 2002

In The News

  • Yue Shen, an assistant professor of astronomy and a faculty affiliate at NCSA has been named a Sloan Research Fellow for 2016. Yue is an observational astronomer who has built a broad and prolific research program featuring observational and theoretical studies of supermassive black holes.