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My research topics focus on the exploration of planets inside and outside of our solar system. I have been involved in NASA’s Cassini Mission to Saturn and I am the co-I of the Juno Mission to Jupiter. I use numerical models, ground-based telescopes, and data collected from space missions to further our understanding of the physical properties of planets. Specifically, I’m interested in fluid motions, including the atmosphere, ocean, and convection powered by the internal heat of a planet. Planets provide unique natural laboratories that are unattainable on Earth. By studying the planets, we learn the fundamental physics, the past, and the future of the home we live on.

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California Institute of Technology, 2011 – 2017

Ph.D., Geological and Planetary Science
minor in Environmental Science and Engineering

Peking University, 2007 – 2011

B.Sc., School of Physics


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2021 - current

Assistant professor

University of California, Berkeley, 2019 – 2020

51 peg b fellow

California Institute of Technology, 2017 – 2019

Postdoc scholar, Juno team member

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 2016 – 2017

NASA postdoc program fellow


2455 Hayward Street
Ann, Arbor, M 48109
Email: chengcli [at] umich [dot] edu