Joshua Paul Tan

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Room: M-Building, M-204
Phone: (718) 482-5940

Monday- Thursday  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.


  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, Columbia University
  • M.S. in Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences, University of Colorado
  • A.B. in Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University
  • Certificate in Community College Instruction, Roosevelt University

Areas of Expertise or Research

  • Gamma rays and compact objects
  • Binary millisecond pulsars
  • Remote observations of exoplanet transits
  • Scientific computing with Python
  • Open education resources and online learning
  • Search for extraterrestrial intelligence


Dr. Joshua Tan is an associate professor in the Natural Sciences Department at LaGuardia Community College. He is also a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History’s Department of Astrophysics and LaGuardia’s representative for the New York Space Grant. In addition to his advanced degrees in astronomy and astrophysics, he also earned a certificate in Community College Instruction from Roosevelt University in 2007. He is a member of the American Association of Variable Star Observers, the American Astronomical Society, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.