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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Romeel DaveChair of Physics
ROE
U14
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James DunlopProfessor
JCMB
4323b
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Annette FergusonPersonal Chair in Observational Astrophysics
ROE
C13
Catherine HeymansProfessor
ROE
R7
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Rob IvisonProfessor of Astrophysics
ROE
RC5
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Sadegh KhochfarPersonal Chair of Theoretical Astrophysics
ROE
C19
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Andy LawrenceProfessor
ROE
U13
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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
U11
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John PeacockProfessor
ROE
C20
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Jorge PeñarrubiaPersonal Chair of Gravitational Dynamics
ROE
C15
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Ken RicePersonal Chair of Computational Astrophysics
ROE
R8
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Colin SnodgrassChancellors Fellow
ROE
R6
Andy TaylorProfessor of Astrophysics
ROE
U15
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Joe ZuntzChancellor's Fellow
ROE
Higgs H 1.05
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Research staff
Shadab AlamPostdoctoral Research Associate
ROE
Stobie 3
Marika AsgariPDRA
ROE
East Tower
Mariangela BonavitaPDRA
ROE
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Alastair BrucePDRA
ROE
St2
Yanchuan CaiRoyal Society Research Fellow
ROE
S7
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Adam CarnallPostdoctoral Research Assistant
ROE
Stobie 2
Matteo CataneoPDRA
ROE
S5
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Ross CollinsSurvey Astronomy Software Developer
ROE
R3R
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Giuseppe CongedoPostdoctoral Research Associate
ROE
Stobie 4
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Nicholas CrossPDRA
ROE
H1.04
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Weiguang CuiPost-Doctoral Research Associate in Galaxy Formation and Theoretical Cosmology
ROE
R3
Fergus CullenPDRA
ROE
ET
Bryan GillisPDRA
ROE
Stobie 3
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Alexander HallPDRA
ROE
Nigel HamblySenior Researcher
ROE
Higgs H1.06
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Joachim Harnois-DerapsPostdoctoral Fellow
ROE
Stobie 3
Mark HollimanPGRA
ROE
H1.02
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Katarina KraljicPost-Doctoral Research Associate in Galaxy Formation and Theoretical Cosmology
ROE
Pete KuzmaCommonwealth Rutherford Fellow
ROE
Stobie 2
Teng LiPostdoctoral Research Associate for GridPP and LSST Data Management
JCMB
3420
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Chieh-An LinPostdoctoral Research Associate
ROE
St1
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Shona MatthewEuclid UK SGS Project Manager
ROE
H 1.06
Derek McLeodPDRA
ROE
ET
Dave MorrisResearch Software Engineer
ROE
Matt NichollRAS Fellow
ROE
R3
Keith NoddleWide Field Astronomy Technical Lead
ROE
R5
Michael PetersenPostdoctoral Research Associate
ROE
Stobie 1
Michael ReadPGRA
ROE
R3
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Nicholas RossSTFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow
ROE
Stobie 6
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Nicholas RowellResearcher/Developer for Gaia
ROE
H1.03
Jose Sabater MontesPDRA
ROE
East Tower
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Britton SmithChancellor's Fellow
ROE
R12
Daniele SoriniPostdoctoral Research Associate in Galaxy Formation & Theoretical Cosmology
ROE
R3
Teresita Suarez NoguezPostdoctoral Research Associate
ROE
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Eckhard SutoriusPDRA
ROE
H1.08
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Eric TittleyResearch Computing Officer
ROE
East Tower
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Tilman TroesterMarie Curie Fellow
ROE
Stobie 5
Anna Lisa VarriUKRI Future Leaders Fellow
ROE
Stelios VoutsinasSoftware Engineer
ROE
R3
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Niraj WelikalaPDRA
ROE
St.1
Roy WilliamsProject Manager / Software Developer WFAU
ROE
R5
Other staff
George BeckettProject Manager
ROE
Higgs Building, Rm 1.01
Paula WilkieDeputy Academic Administrator
ROE
C18
Research postgraduates
Alexandra AmonPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Sarah ApplebyPostgraduate Student
ROE
Higgs Building
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Ryan BegleyPostgraduate Student
JCMB
Aaron BradleyPostgraduate Student
ROE
Higgs Building
Emma BubbPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Rachel CochranePostgraduate Student
ROE
U4
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David CopelandPostgraduate Student
ROE
111
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Dennis CrakePostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
Vasiliy DemchenkoPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Gennaro Di PietroPostgraduate Student
ROE
Higgs Centre for Innovation
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Andrew DickinsonPostgraduate Student
JCMB
1607
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Sophie DubberPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
Daniel EastwoodPostgraduate Student
ROE
U6
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Raphael ErraniPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
Joey FaulknerPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Clemence FontanivePostgraduate Student
ROE
U5
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Indiarose FriswellPostgraduate Student
ROE
Benjamin GiblinPostgraduate Student
ROE
U5
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Lara Gorgulho AlegrePostgraduate Student
ROE
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Qianjun HangPostgraduate Student
ROE
U4
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Peter HigginsPostgraduate Student
JCMB
1607
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David HomanPostgraduate Student
ROE
U7
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Amanda Ibsen OsorioPostgraduate Student
JCMB
Andrea IncatasciatoPostgraduate Student
ROE
U4
Marios KalomenopoulosPostgraduate Student
ROE
U5
Tom KempPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Arnaz KhanPostgraduate Student
JCMB
Rohit KondapallyPostgraduate Student
ROE
U5
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Fran LanePostgraduate Student
ROE
U6
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Stephen LloydPostgraduate Student
ROE
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Maria ManolopoulouPostgraduate Student
ROE
U5
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Rob McGibbonPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
Ben MoewsPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Ben MortonPostgraduate Student
ROE
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Boon Kiat OhPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
Frederika PhippsPostgraduate Student
ROE
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Harry Rendell-BhattiPostgraduate Student
JCMB
Dylan RobsonPostgraduate Student
ROE
U5
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Philip ShortPostgraduate Student
ROE
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Aria ShunPostgraduate Student
JCMB
Owen TurnerPostgraduate Student
ROE
U7
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Jaime VillasenorPostgraduate Student
ROE
U4
Niall WhitefordPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Qianli XiaPostgraduate Student
ROE
U6
Rokas ZemaitisPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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