our major research interests are focused on understanding the growth of structure in the universe, how structure formation drives galaxy formation, and how galaxies can be used to probe the fundamental physics of the universe, including the nature of dark matter and dark energy. our group uses large computer simulations, physical and empirical models, and the deepest and largest galaxy surveys to determine how the universe formed and evolved.
some of the big questions that drive our research:
how did the Universe begin, and how does it evolve?
how does structure form from the smallest to the largest scales?
what is accelerating the Universe?
what is dark matter made of?
how did our own Galaxy evolve from its earliest moments to today?
See my group and others KIPAC scientists at work, in this video about KIPAC and its overarching goals.