Samir Salim

Samir Salim

Assistant Professor, Astronomy


  • Ph.D., Astronomy, The Ohio State University, 2002
  • B.Sc., Astrophysics, University of Belgrade, Serbia, 1996

Research interests

Dr. Salim's research is focused on galaxy evolution. He is interested in understanding the complex interplay between: (a) in situ star formation, (b) gas accretion from intergalactic medium and/or mergers, and (c) the different mechanisms of star formation and AGN feedback. Dr Salim's primary approach in studying these questions is to harness the statistical power of low-redshift large-scale surveys (SDSS, GALEX, WISE) in combination with higher-redshift multiwavelength surveys and the follow-up observations with the HST, Gemini and WIYN. He is one of the early adopters of data-intensive astrophysics and is currently focusing on next-generation efforts such as LSST. The topics he is interested in include: regulation of star formation on and of the galaxy main sequence, chemical enrichment, dust attenuation, quenching of star formation, physical properties of galaxies and the SED fitting techniques.

About Samir Salim

Samir Salim joined IU Astronomy faculty as a Research Scientist in 2009 and as an Assistant Professor in 2019. He received his B.Sc. in Astrophysics from University of Belgrade, in Serbia, in 1996. The following year he started graduate studies at the Ohio State University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in 2002 (adviser Prof. A. Gould). Next he worked as a NASA’s GALEX postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA, 2002-06) and a research associate at the NOIRLab in Tucson (2006-09).

Recent courses

  • A105: Stars and Galaxies
  • A405: Computational Astrophysics
  • A580: Physical and Observational Cosmology
  • A780: Astro2010 Decadal Survey (graduate seminar)