People

 



Dr Hiranya Peiris

Third floor h.peiris[at]ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road Publications
University College London Webpage

I am a Reader in Astronomy in the Astrophysics Group in the Dept. of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. I am also the coordinator of the CosmicDawn project, funded by the European Research Council under the FP7 Ideas programme. Prior to becoming a Lecturer in Cosmology at UCL in 2009, I was an STFC Advanced Fellow at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge and a Junior Research Fellow at King’s College Cambridge. Previously, I was a Hubble Fellow in the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at the University of Chicago. I did my postgraduate research at the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. I was an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, where I was a member of New Hall. I was born in Sri Lanka, a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean.

Research interests: Theoretical and observational cosmology, cosmic microwave background, large-scale structure, early universe theoretical physics, stellar dynamics, galaxy evolution, statistical methods, optimal numerical algorithms.


 

Dr Jason McEwen

Room 122, Main Building jason.mcewen[at]ucl.ac.uk
MSSL Publications
University College London Webpage

I am a University Lecturer in UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) and a Core Team member of the ESA Planck satellite mission. Previously I was a Newton Fellow, and before that a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. Prior to that, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Electrical Engineering Institute at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). Before that I was a Research Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, affiliated with the Astrophysics Group of the Physics Department (the Cavendish) at the University of Cambridge.

Research interests: Cosmology, cosmic microwave background, large-scale structure, radio interferometry, astroinformatics, astrostatistics, signal processing, compressive sensing, Bayesian analysis.


 

Dr Andrew Pontzen

Third floor a.pontzen[at]ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road Publications
University College London Webpage

I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow and lecturer in the astrophysics group at UCL. Prior to this, I held research fellowships at Oxford University and Cambridge University, where I also completed my PhD. In addition to my research, I’m interested in finding new ways to discuss physics with the wider public.

Research interests: Dark matter, cosmology, galaxy formation, general relativity, statistical methods.


 

Dr Aurélien Benoit-Lévy

Third floor aurelien.benoit-levy[at]ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road Publications
University College London Webpage

I am a postdoctoral research associate working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London. Prior to UCL, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris. My main interests in Cosmology concerns the links and interactions between the matter in our Universe and the Cosmic Microwave background. I am a Core Team member of the Planck HFI collaboration, and I have recently joined the Euclid and Dark Energy Survey (DES) collaborations.

Research interests: Observational cosmology, large-scale structure, cosmic microwave background.


 

elsnerDr Franz Elsner

Third floor f.elsner[at]ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road Publications
University College London

I’m a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. After obtaining my PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Germany, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Astrophysics in Paris. As a member of the Planck collaboration, I’ve been studying various aspects of the cosmic microwave background radiation.

Research interests: Cosmology, Cosmic Microwave Background, Statistics, Computing


 

marc_manera_thumbDr Marc Manera

Third floor m.miret[at]ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road Publications
University College London Webpage

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. After obtaining my PhD at the University of Barcelona, I worked as a Research Associate at the New York University, and after that at the University of Portsmouth. As a member of the BOSS collaboration I have studied the distribution of galaxies on the largest observable scales in the universe, and what they tell us about the accelerated expansion of the universe.

Research interests: Cosmology, large scale structure formation, galaxy bias, dark energy, dark matter simulations, creation of fast mock galaxy catalogues, primordial non-Gaussianity, population of galaxies in clusters.


 

rothDr Nina Roth

Third floor n.roth[at]ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road Publications
University College London

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. I did my PhD thesis at the Argelander Institute of Astronomy in Bonn, Germany (advisor: C. Porciani), where I also received my “Diplom” (Master’s degree) in Physics. I’m interested in all things numerical but especially using simulations of structure formation to test and improve theoretical models.

Research interests: Cosmology, dark matter simulations, large-scale structure, primordial non-Gaussianity, galaxy bias, dark matter substructures, galaxy formation.


 

Dr Boris Leistedt

Third floor boris.leistedt.11[at]ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road Publications
University College London Webpage

I am currently a postdoctoral research associate in the UCL Department of Physics and Astronomy, where I have recently completed PhD with Dr Hiranya Peiris. Prior to moving to UCL, I received an engineering degree jointly from University of Mons (Belgium) and Supélec (France, T.I.M.E. scholarship) and a Master’s degree in Physics from University Orsay Paris Sud.

Research interests: Observational cosmology, large-scale structure, early universe physics, signal processing, high-performance computing.


 

mlochnerDr Michelle Lochner

Third floor mlochner[a]star.ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road Publications
University College London

After living my whole life in South Africa, I have now moved to London as a postdoctoral research associate at UCL. I did my PhD in Cape Town jointly at UCT (University of Cape Town) and AIMS (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences) under Prof. Bruce Bassett. Prior to that, I completed my B.Sc. in Physics at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Research interests: Observational cosmology, radio astronomy, Bayesian statistics, machine learning techniques.


 

braden_jDr Jonathan Braden

Third floor j.braden[a]ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road Publications
University College London Webpage

I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UCL. I completed my PhD at the University of Toronto. I’m interested in the early universe and nonequilibrium field theory, in particular discovering novel new dynamics and possible observational signatures through the use of numerical techniques.

Research interests: Cosmology, early universe, inflation, preheating, phase transitions, topological defects, nongaussianity, numerical methods.


 

danielaDaniela Saadeh

Third floor daniela.saadeh.13[at]ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road Publications
University College London

I am a UCL PhD student under the supervision of Dr Andrew Pontzen and Dr Hiranya Peiris. Prior to moving to the UK, I studied in Padua, the beautiful city where Galileo Galilei lived, taught and researched for 18 years. I graduated at the Galilean School of Higher Education, at the University of Padua and at the Conservatoire of Padua.

Research interests: Cosmic microwave background, inhomogenous and anistropic cosmologies, galaxy formation.


 

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Keir Rogers

Third floor keir.rogers.14[at]ucl.ac.uk
132 Hampstead Road
University College London

I am a PhD student at UCL under the supervision of Dr Hiranya Peiris and Dr Andrew Pontzen. Before coming to study in London, I completed a four-year integrated Masters degree at the University of Oxford, reading Physics with specialisation in QFT and astrophysics. I grew up in the Roman garrison town of Colchester, Essex, where I studied at the local grammar school.

Research interests: Cosmic microwave background, constraining models of inflation, early universe cosmology.


Alumni


Stephen Feeney (PhD 2009-2012, postdoc, 2012-2013)

Project: “Novel Algorithms for Early Universe Cosmology”
(advisor: Hiranya Peiris).
Awards: Jon Darius Memorial thesis prize (UCL); Runner up, Michael Penston thesis prize (Royal Astronomical Society).
Next position: Postdoctoral researcher, Imperial College London.

Jonathan Frazer (postdoc, 2013)

Position: Postdoctoral researcher in theoretical cosmology.
Next position: Postdoctoral researcher, Theory Group, Bilbao.

Jason McEwen (postdoc, 2011-2013)

Position: Newton International Fellow, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.
Next position: University Lecturer, Mullard Space Science Laboratory, UCL.

Thibaut Josset (intern from ENS Cachan, 2012)

Project: “Bayesian Constraints on Bianchi Cosmologies from the Cosmic Microwave Background”
(advisors: Jason McEwen and Stephen Feeney).

Simeon Bird (PhD, Cambridge 2007-2011)

Project: “Constraining fundamental physics with cosmology”
(advisor: Hiranya Peiris).
Next position: Joint postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard.

Anjali Tripathi (MPhys, Cambridge 2009-2011)

Project: “Bayesian approach to dynamically modelling the Milky Way”
(advisor: Hiranya Peiris).
Next position: PhD studentship at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard.