Astrophysics Research Interests


  • Richard Black Professor Scott Tremaine: Astrophysical dynamics; formation and evolution of planetary systems; galactic structure and evolution; supermassive black holes in galaxies
  • Professor Matias Zaldarriaga: Cosmology -- early universe cosmology, cosmological perturbation theory, cosmic microwave background, large-scale structure, dark matter and dark energy

Visiting Professor

  • Maureen and John Hendricks Visiting Professor Rashid Sunyaev: Theoretical astrophysics, high energy astrophysics and cosmology: including CMB, clusters of galaxies, theory of accretion onto black holes and neutron stars, interaction of matter and radiation under astrophysical conditions, x-ray astronomy

Current Members

  • Valentin Assassi: Cosmology: inflation, primordial non-Gaussianity, large-scale structure, halo biasing, cosmological perturbation theory
  • Ben Bar-Or: Stellar dynamics, statistical mechanics of stellar systems, galactic nuclei, accretion disks, nearly Keplerian systems, the three body problem, star clusters
  • Liang Dai: Cosmology, inflation, large scale structure, cosmic microwave background, general relativity and gravitational waves, gravitational lensing, dark matter and neutrinos
  • Jean-Baptiste Fouvry: Kinetic theory, self-gravitating systems, galactic dynamics, secular evolution, long-range interactions

  • Vera Gluscevic: Cosmology, cosmic microwave background, dark energy, inflation; direct-detection searches for dark matter; cosmic reionization; primordial magnetic fields
  • Adrian Hamers : Gravitational dynamics — secular evolution of hierarchical systems including multiplanet and multistar systems, and galactic nuclei. Applications to hot Jupiters, compact objects, SNe Ia, tidal disruptions and gravitational wave sources

  • Alexander Kaurov :Reionization, cosmology, early universe and galaxy formation, 21 cm probes; dark matter annihilation; neutron stars

  • Morgan MacLeod: Binary star interactions, common envelope episodes, and the formation of compact (and merging) binaries; stellar dynamics of clusters, especially interactions of compact objects and stars in clusters and tidal disruptions of stars; astronomical transients.

  • Tejaswi Nerella: Cosmology, reionization, 21cm cosmology, dark matter, neutrinos, magnetic fields, gravitational waves, large scale structure, radio astronomy, cosmic microwave background, cosmological perturbation theory, neutron stars, tidal interactions
  • James Owen: Star and planet formation; accretion discs; exoplanets; astrophysical fluid dynamics; radiative transfer and numerical simulations
  • David Radice: Gravitational-wave sources, multi-messenger astronomy, r-process nucleosynthesis; neutron-star mergers, core-collapse supernovae; numerical relativity

  • Roman Rafikov: Theoretical astrophysics, planetary sciences, planet formation, N-body dynamics, astrophysical fluid dynamics, accretion disks, high-energy astrophysics
  • Marcel Schmittfull: Cosmology, large-scale structure, gravitational lensing of the cosmic microwave background; inflation, dark energy, neutrinos; observables beyond the power spectrum
  • Marko Simonović: Inflation, primordial non-Gaussianities, large-scale structure, cosmological perturbation theory, modifications of gravity


  • Tim Morton: Extrasolar planets; statistical analysis; scientific software development