Nickolas Kokron

Postdoc at Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study


I'm Nick, a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University (working with Jo Dunkley) and a Member at the School of Natural Sciences of the Institute for Advanced Study. I work on several aspects of cosmology at large scales, using theory and simulations in tandem.

I received my PhD in Physics from Stanford University, advised by Risa Wechsler. I also worked with other professors at Stanford including Tom Abel and Leonardo Senatore. I collaborate closely with friends from across the bay including Stephen Chen, Joe DeRose, and Martin White. I have also done fun science with Arka Banerjee, José Luis Bernal and my better half.

I grew up in the concrete jungle of São Paulo, Brazil, where I attended the Molecular Sciences Program at Universidade de São Paulo. My senior thesis in cosmology was supervised by Rogerio Rosenfeld and Fabien Lacasa.

I'm interested in the formation of large-scale structures in the Universe. That is, how did the Universe grow from its smooth and homogeneous initial conditions to the complex cosmic web of dark matter inhabited by galaxies that we see today? How does dark energy affect this process, and how can we use observations of galaxies to learn about its nature?

Most of my recent work is at the interface of analytic techniques ("effective field theories") and N-body simulations of structure formation. You can find my publications here, and a description of my research interests in the research tab. If you have any questions or would like to chat more about my work feel free to reach out!

In my spare time you'll probably find me listening to music, grilling churrasco, playing computer games or, until recently, climbing the Bay Area's hills on a bike. Now, when it's not raining or freezing out you might find me on the Delaware-Raritan Canal or riding the "hills" around Sourland "mountain". I also enjoy long roadtrips (including a 4400 mile-long drive from West to East).


email:
kokron at astro🍕princeton🍕edu (replace the pizzas with a dot)
or
kokron at ias 🚲 edu (replace the bicycle with a dot)


github: github.com/kokron
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