Wednesday, December 1, 2021 — 11:30 AM EST
Laura Fissel

Professor Laura Fissel is an astrophysicist in the Department of Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy at Queen's University.  Her research focuses on building stratospheric balloon-borne telescopes, which operate above 99.5% of the Earth's atmosphere, allowing astronomers to observe radiation that would otherwise require a much more expensive space telescope.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021 — 11:30 AM EST
Mustafa Amin

Mustafa Amin is an Associate Professor at Rice University in Houston, Texas (USA). Before moving to Rice, he held a Senior Kavli Fellowship at the University of Cambridge, a Pappalardo Fellowship at the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology and recieved his PhD from Stanford University.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 — 11:30 AM EST

Lauren Foster

Lauren Foster is a fourth-year undergraduate student in the Physics and Astronomy program at Waterloo. She started working with Dr. Percival in May 2021 on a project exploring the use of machine learning to identify dark matter halos in redshift-space.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2021 — 11:30 AM EST

Dr. Andrew Pontzen is a Royal Society University Research Fellow and Professor of Cosmology at the University College London (UCL). He obtained his PhD from the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge in 2009.  His work focuses on understanding dark matter – a mysterious component of the universe that is hypothesised to drive the formation of galaxies and other structures.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT

Michael R. Meyer is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Michigan.  He was Chair of Star and Planet Formation at the ETH in Zürich and was formerly a Professor/Astronomer at the Department of Astronomy/Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona.  He was a Hubble Fellow at the University of Arizona and did a post-doc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomie.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Jingjing Shi

Jingjing Shi is a IPMU fellow at Kavli IPMU in Japan. She investigates the interplay between large scale structure, dark matter halos, and galaxies. She got her PhD in 2017 from SISSA in Italy. Prior to joining IPMU, she was a Boya fellow at KIAA in Peking University. 

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT

Megan Donahue is a professor of physics and astronomy at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan. She is interested in astrophysical questions relating to intergalactic baryons, particularly those surrounding galaxies. Those questions range from cosmology and dark matter to galaxy evolution. Her PhD in astrophysics is from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Jack Evin-Poole

Dr Jack Elvin-Poole is a postdoctoral fellow at the Ohio State's Center for Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (CCAPP). He obtained his PhD from the University of Manchester in 2018 where he studied the large-scale structure of the universe and neutrino cosmology. His main research interests are using galaxy clustering and weak gravitational lensing to test the Lambda-CDM cosmological model.

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Chen Heinrich

Chen Heinrich is a postdoc in cosmology at California Institute of Technology. She obtained for Ph.D. in 2017 from University of Chicago, where she specialized in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) under the supervision of Prof. Wayne Hu.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Rachael Beaton

Rachael Beaton is currently a Carengie-Princeton Fellow at Princeton University. She completed her PhD in 2014 from the University of Virginia and completed a postdoctoral appointment at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science before moving to Princeton as a Hubble Fellow in 2017. Rachael is an observational astronomer working on large and small surveys that address modern challenges in cosmology using distances. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Prof. Takada

Prof Masahiro Takada did his PhD at Tohoku University in Japan in 2001 studying weak lensing effect on the cosmic microwave background, and then spent three years to develop more substantial expertise at University of Pennsylvania as a postdoc for 2001-2004.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 — 3:00 PM EDT
Tamara Davis

Prof Tamara Davis did her PhD at the University of New South Wales in 2004 studying theoretical concepts behind the expanding universe and the entropy of the cosmological event horizon.  Since then she’s specialised in observational cosmology including supernova cosmology, baryon acoustic oscillations, and reverberation mapping of black holes, working with and helping lead parts of large projects such as the Dark Energy Survey.  Amongst her accolades are the Australian Academy of Science’s Nancy Millis Medal, the Astronomical Society’s of Australia’s Ellery Lectureship, and an Order of Australia.  She also is a passionate advocate for science in the community and the “Black Hole Hunters” documentary she hosted won the 2020 American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 — 11:45 AM EDT
Nicole Drakos

Dr. Nicole Drakos is an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Computational Astrophysics Research Group at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She obtained her PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2019, where she studied dark matter halo evolution. Her main research interests are using theoretical and computational models of structure formation to study cosmology and galaxy evolution.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Doris Stoppacher

Dr. Doris Stoppacher is a postdoctoral fellow in the Computational Astrophysics Research Group at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has a background in stellar and extra-galactic astrophysics but focused on galaxy formation modeling during her PhD. She is particularly interested in the formation and evolutionary channels of today's most luminous and massive galaxies residing in halos that serve as the building blocks of the cosmic web.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Allison Man

Dr. Allison Man is an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia. She investigates the physics behind starbursts, colliding galaxies and supermassive black holes. Allison received her PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Copenhagen. Prior to joining UBC, she was an ESO Fellow at the European Southern Observatory Headquarters and a Dunlap Fellow at the Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021 — 2:00 PM EDT
Anze Slosar

Anže Slosar graduated from Cambridge, followed by postdocs in Ljubljana (Slovenia), Oxford and Berkeley before moving to a staff Scientist position at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is a group leader for Cosmology & Astrophysics Group. He is interested in all experimental probes of cosmology and has worked on numerous topics including Lyman-alpha forest, galaxy clustering, primordial non-Gaussianity and recently on analysis of photometric galaxy surveys.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 — 2:00 PM EDT
Andrina Nicola

Dr. Andrina Nicola is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University, working with Jo Dunkley and David Spergel.  She did her undergrad and PhD at ETH Zurich.  Dr. Nicola's  research focus lies between theoretical and observational cosmology. She develops methods for combining the information from different cosmological probes so as to better constrain our cosmological model and shed light on its two mysterious ingredients, Dark Matter and Dark Energy.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021 — 2:00 PM EDT
Miguel Zumalacarregui

Miguel Zumalacarregui works on different angles to understand the dark universe, testing models of gravity, dark energy, dark matter and generally exploring the potential of cosmological and gravitational wave observations to test fundamental physics. Since 2020, Miguel is a Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics.

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 — 2:00 PM EDT
Andrey Kravtsov

Andrey Kravtsov is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago and a member of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics since 2001. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Pierre Guillard

Pierre Guillard is an associate Professor at Sorbonne University, and researcher at the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris (IAP), France.  His background expertise is the physics of the interstellar medium and multi-wavelength observations of galaxy interactions and radio galaxies. He is interested in galaxy formation processes and more specifically in the role of the turbulence in the context of galaxy evolution. He is also deeply involved in the technical and science preparation of the James Webb Space telescope and Euclid missions. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 — 2:00 PM EDT
David Alonso

David Alonso studied Physics and received a PhD in Theoretical Physics at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Oxford, and as Tutor of Astrophysics at Christ Church, before moving to Cardiff University with an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship. He then returned to Oxford as Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow at St Peter's in 2019.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Arka Banerjee

Arka Banerjee is a Schramm fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics at Fermilab. Previously, he got his Phd from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and then was a KIPAC postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University. His  research focuses on cosmological structure formation, and its connection to fundamental physics.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Yi-Kuan Chiang

Yi-Kuan Chiang is a CCAPP fellow at the Ohio State University working on data-intensive astronomy. He extracts cosmological and astrophysical information in the diffuse extragalactic background light in sky surveys across the electromagnetic spectrum. He received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and has held post-doctoral positions at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Tokyo.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Zachary Slepian

Zachary Slepian is originally from Fairfield, Connecticut.  He received a BA summa cum laude from Princeton (2011), working with J. Richard Gott, III on his senior thesis, an MSt in philosophy of physics at Oxford (2012), and a PhD in Astrophysics (2016) from Harvard, advised by Daniel J. Eisenstein.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021 — 11:30 AM EDT
Marcus Bruggen

Marcus Bruggen is a Professor of Extragalactic Astrophysics at the Hamburg Observatory, Department of Physics, University of Hamburg in Germany.  He received his PhD from the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge in the UK.  His research interests include high-energy astrophysics, particle acceleration and plasma physics, clusters of galaxies, active galactic nuclei, radio astronomy and machine learning.


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