Dr. Jason Kalirai is an astronomer and the Deputy Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope at the Space Telescope Science Institute. His research interests involve studying resolved stellar populations, such as nearby star clusters and galaxies, with both ground- and space-based imaging and spectroscopic instruments. He enjoys pushing the limits of current observations and revealing new populations of stars using ultra-deep imagery. He has published results in over 50 research papers.
Kalirai was born in a small town in British Columbia, Canada, called Quesnel, about seven hours north of Vancouver. He left Quesnel in 1996 and completed a BSc, MSc and PhD at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, graduating in 2004. He then attended the University of California at Santa Cruz as a Hubble Fellow postdoctoral researcher, and joined the science staff at the Space Telescope Science Institute in late 2008.