Luisa Lucie-Smith

Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Germany. My research work is about understanding structure formation in our Universe.

I am currently a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics (MPA) in Garching, Germany. My research work focuses on the formation of the large-scale structure of the Universe, using a combination of numerical simulations and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms.

I care a lot about diversity and inclusivity in academia, and I am the organizer of the Women Encouragement Group at MPA. I also love to talk about fun and mysterious aspects of our Universe to the public, so feel free to contact me about public outreach events.

I started my academic path at Imperial College London, working with Prof. Arttu Rajantie, on the production of a gravitational wave background during the epoch of reheating. I then did my PhD at University College London (UCL) on Insights into cosmological structure formation with machine learning, under the supervision of Prof. Hiranya Peiris and Prof. Andrew Pontzen. During my PhD, I was lucky enough to spend six months at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in the USA, funded by the University Research Association to work on a project with Dr. Brian Nord. I loved UCL so much that I stayed for a one-year postdoctoral research position after I completed my PhD, working in the GMGalaxies research group led by Andrew Pontzen.

You can find a more formal description of my background in my CV and a list of my papers on arXiv.