Alejandro cárdenas-Avendaño

About me

I am a theoretical physicist studying the impact of Einstein’s theory of general relativity, and many of its extensions, either in vacuum or coupled to various types of matter, on astrophysical phenomena. My research interests are on Gravitational physics, astrophysics and extended theories of gravity.

I am currently a graduate student at Montana State University (USA) under the supervision of  Nico Yunes  at the eXtreme Gravity Institute  and have a Junior Researcher position  at  Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz (Colombia). 

I was born in Bogotá (Colombia) where I earned a B.Sc. in Mathematics at Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz and concurrently earned a B.Sc. in Physics at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, where I also acquired a M.Sc in Astronomy.  

A pdf version of my  CV (January 2017) can be found here,
Contact me:

Montana State University
​eXtreme Gravity Institute (XGI)
acardenasavendano (at)

Fundación Universitaria Konrad Lorenz 
​Programa de Matemáticas
alejandro.cardenasa (at)


my personal tastes

TED Talk: What's so sexy about math? by Cédric Villani, one of my heroes. 
TED Talk: Why do we sleep? by Russell Foster. 
TED Talk: What the discovery of gravitational waves means? by Allan Adams,
TED Talk: The history of our world in 18 minutes? by David Christian,