My Research

I am an observational Cosmologist and a professor in the department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California Santa Cruz. I lead a research group that tackles a broad range of outstanding questions in Cosmology and Galaxy Formation.

The core of my team's research focuses on understanding the interplay between the dark and bright universe. My goal is to shed light on questions such as: 1) What is the co-evolution between dark matter and galaxy formation?  How does dark matter influence galaxy formation processes and in turn, do baryonic physics affect the dark matter distribution? 2) What is the distribution of dark matter on both small scales and large scales?  How do these distributions compare with predictions from the LCDM cosmological model? 3) What is the evolution of the equation of state of dark energy and is dark energy the result of a modification to the laws of gravity?

My primary expertise is in weak gravitational lensing: the deflection of light from distant galaxies by intervening gravitational potentials. This is a purely geometrical effect, free from astrophysical biases and sensitive to all mass - regardless of its baryonic or dark form. Gravitational lensing techniques have a uniquely dual ability to probe both the growth of structure (which is dominated by the distribution of dark matter) as well as the geometrical distance-redshift relation (which traces the expansion history of the universe and the equation of state of dark energy). Gravitational lensing is also powerful tool with which to probe the connection between galaxies and dark matter.

The Hyper Suprime Cam Survey

I am a member of the Hyper Suprime Cam (HSC) Survey, an ambitious multiwavelength (g,r,i,z,y) weak-lensing program to map out 1500 square degrees of the sky with the Subaru Telescope to i~26 mag. The HSC survey began taking data in 2014 and will take data for five years.  Our team has released the  first hundred square degrees of data.


The COSMOS team has mapped out the largest contiguous area on the sky using the Hubble Space Telescope. I am a member of the COSMOS weak lensing team and created the COSMOS ACS weak lensing catalog. Our team produced more than 20 lensing related publications including a map of the distribution of dark matter that was the cover page of the journal Nature. The COSMOS ACS catalog can be found on the data products page.

Data Products

Are you looking for data that we have release, tools, and plots from our papers? You can find all of these goodies under our data products page.

Want to join our team?

Are you an undergraduate, a graduate student, or a new postdoc who would like to join our team? Check out our team members, our publications, and what we are currently working on. Prospective graduate students: we have a standardized admission process for our graduate program. Please apply at this link. If you are admitted into our program, I'd be happy to meet with you and discuss you thesis plans during our prospective visit.