Dr. Peter R. McCullough received his B.S. from the University of North
Carolina and graduated with a Ph.D. in astronomy from UC Berkeley in
1993. He was a Hubble Fellow at the University of Illinois from 1993 -
1995. During his tenure as a Hubble Fellow and during the first few
years of his Assistant Professor appointment at the University of
Illinois, Peter McCullough contributed to the concept design and initial
implementation of components in the Mt. Wilson adaptive optics system.
He is now an AURA research scientist at the Space Telescope Science
Institute in Baltimore. He also leads the XO Mark 1 Robotic Survey that
used ground-based telescopes in Hawaii to search for Jovian
(Jupiter-like) planets transiting very bright stars, the long term goal
of which is to find and study Transiting Hot Jupiters (THJs).