People

 



Dr Hiranya Peiris

Room G04, Ground floor h.peiris[at]ucl.ac.uk
Kathleen Lonsdale Building 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

Room G05, Ground floor a.pontzen[at]ucl.ac.uk
Kathleen Lonsdale Building 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

Room 124a, First floor aurelien.benoit-levy[at]ucl.ac.uk
Kathleen Lonsdale Building 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

Room G16, Ground floor f.elsner[at]ucl.ac.uk
Kathleen Lonsdale Building 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

Room G21, Ground floor m.miret[at]ucl.ac.uk
Kathleen Lonsdale Building 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

Room G16, Ground floor n.roth[at]ucl.ac.uk
Kathleen Lonsdale Building Publications
University College London Webpage

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

Room G16, Ground floor boris.leistedt.11[at]ucl.ac.uk
Kathleen Lonsdale Building 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

Room G14, Ground floor mlochner[a]star.ucl.ac.uk
Kathleen Lonsdale Building 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.


 

danielaDaniela Saadeh

Room G14, Ground floor daniela.saadeh.13[at]ucl.ac.uk
Kathleen Lonsdale Building 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


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.