Carnegie Mellon University

Rachel Mandelbaum


Astrophysics & Cosmology
Wean Hall 8402

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Prof. Rachel Mandelbaum

Education & Professional Experience

Ph.D.: Princeton University (2006)

Honors and Awards:
Simons Investigator in Astrophysics (2019)
Falco-DeBenedetti Career Development Professor (2013)
Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2013)
DOE Early Career Award (2012)
AAS Annie Jump Cannon Prize (2011)
Hubble Fellow (2006)
Kusaka Memorial Prize, Princeton University (2000)


Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2019–
Indefinite Tenure, Carnegie Mellon University, 2016
Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2014–2019
Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011–14
Visiting Associate Research Scholar, Princeton University, 2011–12
Post-doctoral Research: Princeton University, 2009–11
Post-doctoral Research: Institute for Advanced Study, 2006–09

Research Interests

My research interests are predominantly in the areas of observational cosmology and galaxy studies. This work includes the use of weak gravitational lensing and other analysis techniques, with projects that range from development of improved data analysis methods, to actual application of such methods to existing data. Currently, I am focusing on data from the SDSS (including SDSS-III and the ongoing SDSS-IV) and Hyper-SuprimeCam (HSC), and am working on upcoming surveys including LSST, Euclid, and WFIRST. I am an active member of the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration, for which I served as Spokesperson from 2019-2021, and am now the lead at CMU of the LINCC Frameworks Initiative (press release).

Recent Publications

Andrina Nicola et al., Tomographic galaxy clustering with the Subaru Hyper Suprime-Cam first year public data release, JCAP 03, 044 (2020)

Takashi Hamana et al., Cosmological constraints from cosmic shear two-point correlation functions with HSC survey first-year data, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 72, 1, 16 (2020)

Sukhdeep Singh et al., Cosmological constraints from galaxy–lensing cross-correlations using BOSS galaxies with SDSS and CMB lensing, MNRAS 491, 51 (2020)

Aklant K. Bhowmick et al., The evolution of galaxy intrinsic alignments in the MassiveBlackII universe, MNRAS 491, 4116 (2020)

Danila Korytov et al., CosmoDC2: A Synthetic Sky Catalog for Dark Energy Science with LSST, Astrophys. J. Supp. 245, 26 (2019)

H.-J. Huang, T. Eifler, R. Mandelbaum, S. Dodelson, Modelling baryonic physics in future weak lensing surveys, MNRAS 488, 1652 (2019)

Yen-Chi Chen et al., Detecting galaxy–filament alignments in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, MNRAS 485, 2492 (2019)

Chiaki Hikage et al., Cosmology from cosmic shear power spectra with Subaru Hyper Suprime-Cam first-year data, Publications of the Astronomical Society of Japan 71, 2, 43 (2019)

Skuhdeep Singh et al., Probing gravity with a joint analysis of galaxy and CMB lensing and SDSS spectroscopy, MNRAS 482, 785 (2019)

Željko Ivezić et al., LSST: From Science Drivers to Reference Design and Anticipated Data Products, Astrophys. J. 873, 111 (2019)

M.M. Rau, S.E. Koposov, H. Trac, R. Mandelbaum, Calibrating long-period variables as standard candles with machine learning, MNRAS 484, 409 (2019)

Rachel Mandelbaum, Weak Lensing for Precision Cosmology, Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics 56, 393 (2018)

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