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March 2021: Welcome Benjamin Moews, Our New Postdoc!

Benjamin has a master's degree in artificial intelligence and Ph.D. in astrophysics from university of Edinburgh, and he works at the intersection of cosmology, machine learning and statistics. He is interested in the development and application of inference methods to challenges in modern cosmology in general, with a particular focus on problems in cosmological parameter estimation, cosmic voids, weak lensing, and galaxy evolution. In his free time, he can be found in the gym, dug into books or tinkering with watches, at concerts and music festivals, playing instruments, and trying to acclimate himself to American instead of British English. More information about Ben can be found at his webpage, https://benmoews.com. He will be joining us in fall 2021.

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March 2021: Welcome Harry Desmond, Our New Postdoc!

Harry has a master's degree in astrophysics and theoretical physics from University of Oxford and a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford. He studies the structure and dynamics of galaxies in order to devise novel tests of fundamental physics, and also to learn about the physical processes underlying galaxy formation. Harry has done extensive work on developing and applying astrophysical tests of gravity as well as dark matter physics. He also uses semi-empirical models and hydrodynamical simulations to study the dynamical scaling relations in galaxies and is also interested in the methodology of statistical inference, concordance problems like the Hubble tension and using the stellar structure as a probe of basic physics. Harry is also an excellent teacher and has won Paul H. Kirkpatrick award for excellence in teaching from Stanford University. More information about Harry’s research and outreach activities can be found at his webpage, https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/contacts/people/desmond. He will be joining us in fall 2021.