The Atacama Large Millimeter submillimeter Array (ALMA) by night under the Magellanic Clouds.

My name is Ted Bergin, and Iā€™m the chair of the astronomy department at the University of Michigan. I hope this site provides you with all the information you need to know about who I am, the courses I teach and the subjects I research in my field of interest: using chemistry to probe the physics of star and planet formation and to trace the molecular origins of life. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

My present focus is on the study of water and organics, combining observation and theory to examine where and how molecules are formed and how they interact with radiation. Read more >




  • AST 101: Introductory Astronomy ā€“ The Solar System and the Search for Life Beyond Earth
  • AST 102: Introductory Astronomy ā€“ Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
  • AST 106: Aliens
  • AST 115: Introduction to Astrobiology
  • AST 403: Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium
  • AST 535: Astrophysics of the Interstellar Medium

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