My research focuses on understanding the origin and evolution of Luminous Infrared Galaxies (LIRGs) and their relationship to other types of extragalactic objects.



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 2017  ASTR 110  Survey of Astronomy (Instr:  Sanders) [Text: The Cosmic Perspective – Fundamentals, 2nd Ed.  Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, Voit]



Fall 2018    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

  • Conor McPartland (http://www.conormcp.com)
  • Connor Auge (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017AAS...22934745A)
  • 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/)


  • 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