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Benjamin Boizelle

Assistant Professor
Physics and Astronomy

N484 ESC - Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602


After graduating from Brigham Young University – Provo with a BS in Physics & Astronomy in 2012, Benjamin Boizelle pursued graduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, earning MS and PhD degrees in Physics and Astronomy. During these years, he also taught introductory astronomy courses at nearby Santa Ana College. In 2018, he began working with Professor Jonelle Walsh at Texas A&M University as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2020, he began as an assistant professor at Brigham Young University.

Research Interests

Dr. Boizelle's research seeks to understand the formation mechanisms of supermassive black holes that reside at the centers of the most luminous galaxies. Using detailed gas-dynamical models, he obtains precision black hole masses using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. His interests also include studying active galaxies, dust attenuation, and transient astronomical phenomena.


  • PhD - Physics and Astronomy, Physics , University of California, Irvine (2018)
  • BS - Physics and Astronomy, Physics - Astronomy , Brigham Young University (2012)


  • American Physical Society (2020 - Present)
  • American Astronomical Society (2011 - Present)

Courses Taught