Andrea Ghez is an astronomy professor at UCLA and a pre-eminent expert on the role of black holes in the evolution of galaxies. Ghez was the first researcher to confirm the existence of a supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way. She is also an authority on star formation.

Ghez is a member of the UCLA Galactic Center Group, which has the mission of transforming our understanding of black holes and their role in the universe with high resolution observations of the Milky Way.

In this video by the UCLA College, she answers questions about her work and offers a peek inside the Keck remote observing room at UCLA, where Ghez and her team keep an eye on the center of our galaxy.

“My favorite place on Earth is Hawaii because that’s where the Keck telescopes are.”