Institute for Astronomy (IfA)

About the Institute for Astronomy

The Institute for Astronomy (IfA) is a research and teaching group within the School. It is one of the UK's major centres of astronomical research, with special strengths in survey astronomy, cosmology, active galaxies and the formation of stars and planets.

The IfA runs introductory courses in astronomy for students of any discipline at first year level, Honours Degree courses in Astrophysics (both BSc and MPhys), and research degrees leading to the award of PhD in astronomy.

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People in the Institute for Astronomy

Telephone numbers in the list below are shown as UK numbers. Callers from outside the UK should remove the leading zero and use the UK country code (+44).

NamePositionContact detailsLocationPhoto
Academic staff
Philip BestProfessor of Extragalactic Astrophysics
ROE
C21
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Beth BillerReader
ROE
R4
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Peter BrandSenior Honorary Professorial Fellow
ROE
S
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James DunlopProfessor
ROE
U16
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Annette FergusonPersonal Chair in Observational Astrophysics
ROE
C13
Catherine HeymansProfessor
ROE
R7
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Rob IvisonSenior Research Fellow
ROE
R.1/07
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Sadegh KhochfarPersonal Chair of Theoretical Astrophysics
ROE
C19
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Andy LawrenceProfessor
ROE
U13
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Andrew LiddlePersonal Chair in Theoretical Astrophysics
ROE
U14
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Bob MannProfessor
ROE
C14
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Ross McLureProfessor of Extragalactic Astrophysics
ROE
U17
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Avery MeiksinProfessor
ROE
U12a
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John PeacockProfessor
ROE
C20
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Jorge PenarrubiaReader
ROE
C18
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Ken RicePersonal Chair of Computational Astrophysics
ROE
C15
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Andy TaylorProfessor of Astrophysics
ROE
U15
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Adrian WebsterHonorary Fellow
ROE
R1/08
Joe ZuntzChancellor's Fellow
ROE
Stobie 7
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Research staff
Shadab AlamPostdoctoral Research Associate
ROE
Stobie 3
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Marika AsgariPDRA
ROE
East Tower
Edouard BernardPDRA
ROE
st 3
Robert BlakePDRA
ROE
R13
Mariangela BonavitaPDRA
ROE
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Nathan BourneResearch Fellow
ROE
S2 Stobie
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Victoria BrucePDRA
ROE
Stobie 4
Luke ButcherRoyal Commission of 1851 Research Fellow
ROE
U7
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Yanchuan CaiPost Doctoral Fellow in Large Scale Structure
ROE
S2
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Matteo CataneoPDRA
ROE
U18
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Ami ChoiPostdoctoral Research Assistant
ROE
St5
Ross CollinsSurvey Astronomy Software Developer
ROE
R3R
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Giuseppe CongedoPDRA
ROE
Visitor's office
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Nicholas CrossPDRA
ROE
R8
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Fergus CullenPDRA
ROE
ET
Emma Curtis LakePDRA
ROE
stobie 1
Clive DavenhallProject Manager/Software Developer
ROE
R12
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Michael DavidsonSenior Research Software Engineer
ROE
R8
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Loretta DunnePDRA
ROE
R1/06, Crawford
Marcus EbertPDRA
JCMB
5412
Carlos Ferreira LopesPost Doctoral Research Fellow
ROE
R12
Agnes FertePDRA
ROE
U7
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Bryan GillisPDRA
ROE
Stobie 3
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Alexander HallPDRA
ROE
Nigel HamblySenior Researcher
ROE
R6
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Joachim Harnois-DerapsMarie-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow
ROE
Stobie 3
Mark HollimanPGRA
ROE
R3
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Lucas LombriserPostdoctoral Fellow
ROE
S1 Stobie
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Eric LopezPostdoctoral Research Assistant
ROE
East Tower 2nd
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Ian MacdonaldJava Developer
ROE
R6, ROE 1894
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Steve MaddoxPDRA
ROE
R1/06 Crawford
Esther Marmol-QueraltoPDRA
ROE
Michal MichalowskiPDRA
ROE
st 2
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Dave MorrisPDRA
ROE
Alice MortlockPDRA
ROE
Ivan OteoPDRA
ROE
Michael ReadPGRA
ROE
R3
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Nic RossSTFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow
ROE
Stobie 6
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Nicholas RowellResearcher/Developer for Gaia
ROE
R3
Jose Sabater MontesPDRA
ROE
East Tower
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Britton SmithPDRA
ROE
Stobie 2
Eckhard SutoriusPDRA
ROE
R13
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Eric TittleyComputing Officer
ROE
East Tower
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Anna Lisa VarriMarie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow
ROE
Stobie 1
Stelios VoutsinasSoftware Engineer
ROE
R3
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Niraj WelikalaPDRA
ROE
St.1
Hidenobu YajimaPDRA
ROE
Zhiyu ZhangPDRA
ROE
ESO, Germany
Other staff
George BeckettProject Manager
JCMB
2261
Nathalie DupinResearch Administrator
ROE
U12
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Paula WilkieTeaching Admin Assistant
ROE
C17
Research postgraduates
Alexandra AmonPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Jamie BramleyPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Alastair BrucePostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Adam CarnallPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Rachel CochranePostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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David CopelandPostgraduate Student
ROE
111
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Thomas DavisonPostgraduate Student
JCMB
8206
Vasiliy DemchenkoPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
Andrew DickinsonPostgraduate Student
JCMB
1618
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Daniel EastwoodPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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David EdwardsPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Raphael ErraniPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
Joey FaulknerPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Joao FerreiraPostgraduate Student
ROE
U4
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Clemence FontanivePostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Benjamin GiblinPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Christopher GriffinPostgraduate Student
JCMB
8206
Cassandra HallPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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David HomanPostgraduate Student
JCMB
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Tom KempPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Nico KronbergPostgraduate Student
JCMB
4401
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Marco LamPostgraduate Student
ROE
U6
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Alexander LewisPostgraduate Student
JCMB
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Stephen LloydPostgraduate Student
ROE
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Maria ManolopoulouPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Salome MatosPostgraduate Student
ROE
U6
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Derek McLeodPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Ryan McManusPostgraduate Student
ROE
C24
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David NisbetPostgraduate Student
ROE
U4
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Boon Kiat OhPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
Shaghayegh ParsaPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Lee PatrickPostgraduate Student
ROE
U4
Vladimir ProchazkaPostgraduate Student
JCMB
4310
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Rosemary ShanahanPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Vanessa Smer-BarretoPostgraduate Student
ROE
U6
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Sam ThomsonPostgraduate Student
ROE
U6
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Greg TumoloPostgraduate Student
JCMB
3309
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Owen TurnerPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Jaime VillasenorPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
Johanna VosPostgraduate Student
ROE
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Jennifer WadsworthPostgraduate Student
JCMB
2509
Michael WilsonPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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