Much of my research focuses on understanding the origin and evolution of Luminous Infrared Galaxies (LIRGs) and their relationship to other types of extragalactic objects, including powerful starburst galaxies, radio galaxies and quasars.

Latest Press Release:

James Webb Space Telescope program aims to map the earliest structures of the universe:  COSMOS-Webb is slated to be the largest program in JWST’s first year of operation

Previous Press Releases:

Astronomers Get Best View Yet of Supermassive Black Holes in Merging Galaxies

Selected Recent Publications

Dissecting the main sequence: AGN activity and bulge growth in the local Universe

McPartland, C.; Sanders, D. B.; Kewley, L. J.; Leslie, S. K., MNRAS Letters, 482L, 129 (2019)

The Great Observatories All-Sky LIRG Survey: Herschel Image Atlas and Aperture Photometry

Chu, Jason K.; Sanders, D. B.; Larson, K. L.; et al. ApJS, 229, 25 (2017)



Fall 2021  ASTR 110  Survey of Astronomy (Instr:  Sanders) [Text: Openstax – Astronomy , eds.  Fraknoi, Morrison, Wolff]


Fall 2020    ASTR 626  Galaxies (Instructors:  Barnes, Sanders, Cowie) [Texts: Galaxies in the Universe, 2nd Ed., Sparke & Gallagher; Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Mo, van den Bosch & White]


Graduate Students

  • Connor Auge (https://people.ifa.hawaii.edu/gradstudents/bio/connor-auge/)
  • lukas Zalesky (https://cosmoslukas.github.io)
  • Conor McPartland (http://www.conormcp.com)
  • Jason K. Chu (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017ApJS..229...25C)
  • Kirsten Larson (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016ApJ...825..128L)
  • Nicholas Lee (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015ApJ...801...80L)
  • Chao-Ling Hung (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2016ApJ...816...99H)
  • Vivian U (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2018arXiv181109281U) (https://vivian-u.github.io/)
  • Jeyhan S. Kartaltepe (https://www.rit.edu/science/people/jeyhan-kartaltepe)
  • Catherine M. Ishida (http://astro.uhh.hawaii.edu/faculty.php#cishida)
  • James R. Deane (http://research.uoregon.edu/contact/staff/deane-jim)
  • Jason A. Surace (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2015ASPC..495..197S)
  • Aaron S. Evans (http://people.virginia.edu/~ae3f/)
  • Dong-Chan Kim (https://www.linkedin.com/in/dongchan-kim-93265236/)


  • Conor McPartland (http://www.conormcp.com)
  • Michael Koss (Research Fellow, 2011-13) (https://www.bass-survey.com/team.html)
  • Caitlin M. Casey (Hubble Fellow, 2010-13) (http://www.as.utexas.edu/~cmcasey/welcome.html)
  • Ezequiel Treister (Chandra Fellow, 2008-11) (http://www.cata.cl/investigador_en.php?id=98)
  • Tomotsugu Goto (JSPS Fellow, 2007-10) (http://www.astr.nthu.edu.tw/files/14-1276-64600,r2556-1.php?Lang=en)
  • Emeric Le Floc'h (Spitzer Fellow, 2006-09) (http://irfu.cea.fr/Pisp/emeric.le-floch/)
  • Olivier Ilbert (S-COSMOS Postdoctoral Fellow, 2005-08) (https://people.lam.fr/ilbert.olivier/)
  • Lisa J. Kewley (Hubble Fellow, 2004-06) (https://astro3d.org.au/about/our-people/)
  • Herve Aussel (JCMT Fellow, 1994-97) (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Herve_Aussel)
  • John Hibbard (Hubble Fellow, 1994-97) (https://public.nrao.edu/explore/role-models/dr-john-hibbard/)
  • John Carpenter (JCMT Fellow, 1994-97) (https://www.almaobservatory.org/en/team/jcarpenter/)
  • Edwin Ladd (JCMT Fellow, 1991-94) (https://www.bucknell.edu/academics/arts-and-sciences-college-of/academic-departments-and-programs/physics-and-astronomy/faculty-and-staff/ned-ladd)

David B Sanders

Astronomer and Professor
Ph. D. 1982, State University of New York at Stony Brook
IfA Mānoa, C-207
(808) 956-5055(808) 956-5055