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

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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
ROE
U16
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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
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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Bob MannProfessor
ROE
C14
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Ross McLureProfessor of Extragalactic Astrophysics
ROE
U17
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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
Marika AsgariPDRA
ROE
East Tower
Robert BlakePDRA
ROE
R13
Mariangela BonavitaPDRA
ROE
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Nathan BourneResearch Fellow
ROE
S2 Stobie
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Luke ButcherRoyal Commission of 1851 Research Fellow
ROE
East Tower
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Yanchuan CaiPost Doctoral Fellow in Large Scale Structure
ROE
S2
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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
R8
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Fergus CullenPDRA
ROE
ET
Clive DavenhallProject Manager/Software Developer
ROE
R5
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Michael DavidsonSenior Research Software Engineer
ROE
R8
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Loretta DunnePDRA
ROE
R1/06, Crawford
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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Katarina KraljicPost-Doctoral Research Associate in Galaxy Formation and Theoretical Cosmology
ROE
Teng LiPostdoctoral Research Associate for GridPP and LSST Data Management
JCMB
5412
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Lucas LombriserSNSF Advanced Fellow
ROE
S1 Stobie
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Derek McLeodPDRA
ROE
C25
Dave MorrisPDRA
ROE
Keith NoddleWide Field Astronomy Technical Lead
ROE
R5
Jose Onorbe BernisPostdoctoral Research Associate in Modelling Galaxy Formation and Evolution
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
R8
Jose Sabater MontesPDRA
ROE
East Tower
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Eckhard SutoriusPDRA
ROE
R13
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Eric TittleyComputing Officer
ROE
East Tower
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Tilman TroesterPostdoctoral Research Associate
ROE
Anna Lisa VarriMarie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow
ROE
Stobie 1
Stelios VoutsinasSoftware Engineer
ROE
R3
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Niraj WelikalaPDRA
ROE
St.1
Roy WilliamsProject Manager / Software Developer WFAU
ROE
R5
Zhiyu ZhangPDRA
ROE
ESO, Germany
Other staff
George BeckettProject Manager
JCMB
3417 / ROE Rm 5
Paula WilkieTeaching Admin Assistant
ROE
C17
Research postgraduates
Alexandra AmonPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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David BehrendtPostgraduate Student
ROE
Aaron BradleyPostgraduate Student
ROE
Alastair BrucePostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Adam CarnallPostgraduate 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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Vasiliy DemchenkoPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Gennaro Di PietroPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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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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Indiarose FriswellPostgraduate Student
JCMB
Benjamin GiblinPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Lara Gorgulho AlegrePostgraduate Student
ROE
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Cassandra HallPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Quianjun HangPostgraduate Student
JCMB
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Peter HigginsPostgraduate Student
JCMB
1607
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David HomanPostgraduate Student
JCMB
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Tom KempPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Rohit KondapallyPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Fran LanePostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Alexander LewisPostgraduate Student
JCMB
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Stephen LloydPostgraduate Student
ROE
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Maria ManolopoulouPostgraduate Student
ROE
U5
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Ryan McManusPostgraduate Student
ROE
U4
Ben MoewsPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
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Ben MortonPostgraduate Student
ROE
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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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Dylan RobsonPostgraduate Student
JCMB
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Vanessa Smer-BarretoPostgraduate Student
ROE
U6
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Sam ThomsonPostgraduate Student
ROE
U6
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Owen TurnerPostgraduate Student
ROE
U7
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Jaime VillasenorPostgraduate Student
ROE
C25
Johanna VosPostgraduate Student
ROE
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Niall WhitefordPostgraduate Student
ROE
C23
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Qianli XiaPostgraduate Student
JCMB