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Marilena Loverde (she/her/hers)

Associate Professor
Marilena Loverde

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Ph.D., Physics, Columbia University, 2009
B.A., Mathematics and Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 2003

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Washington in the city of Seattle. Prior to joining UW, I was faculty in the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University. My academic journey started at Cabrillo Community College, where I studied Art and Math. I completed my undergraduate degrees in Math and Physics at the University of California, Berkeley and received a PhD in Physics from Columbia University. I spent time as a postdoc at the Institute for Advanced Study and the University of Chicago.

I am broadly interested in cosmology. Much of my research is on the origin and evolution of structure in the Universe and how we can use astrophysical systems to study gravity and particle physics. I have spent the most time thinking about: cosmic inflation, the cosmic neutrino background, halo biasing, primordial non-Gaussianity, nonlinear gravitational evolution, and weak gravitational lensing. My current research focuses on structure formation in cosmologies with more than just cold dark matter and a cosmological constant (i.e. our Universe!), testing dark sector physics with the CMB, and detecting new particles with the Stage-IV CMB Experiment. If you are interested in joining my group as a PhD student or postdoc, send me an email.