Short CV/Education and training

  • 1996 – 2000
    Masters in Physics with 1st class honours in Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh

  • 2000 – 2003
    Astrophysics DPhil, University of Oxford

  • 2003 – 2005
    Postdoctoral fellowship, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Germany

  • 2005 – 2007
    Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, National Fellowship

  • 2007 – 2008
    Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship, University of British Columbia, Canada

  • 2008 – 2011
    Senior Advanced Fellowship, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh

  • 2010 – 2015
    European Research Council Fellow, Starting Grant PI, University of Edinburgh

  • 2011 – 2013
    Lecturer, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh

  • 2013 – 2016
    Reader in Astrophysics, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh

  • Since 2015
    European Research Council Fellow, Consolidator Grant PI, University of Edinburgh

  • Since 2016
    Professor of Observational Cosmology, Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh

Selected publications

Selected projects

  • Co-PI of the CFHTLenS survey

  • KiDS Co-ordinator

  • PI of the Shear TEsting Programme (STEP)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • European Southern Observatory Observing Programmes Committee Panel Member (P87/P88)

  • NSF/DoE LSST Review 2013, NASA EUCLID 10 Review

  • Hubble Space Telescope Extragalatic Panel Member for the Cycle 17 Time Allocation Committee

  • Young Academy of Scotland member

Media coverage

  • 2012: Through a lens darkly: Astronomers reach new frontiers of Dark Matter. A press conference at the AAS, Radio Interviews for BBC Radio 4 and published in Discovery

    Magazine, New Scientist, BBC News Online


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