Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein .Cosmologist.

Welcome to my home! I am originally from Los Angeles, California and earned a bachelors in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard College in 2003. I went on to begin a PhD and earn a Masters in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2005). I then decided to change directions and after 3 years in Santa Cruz, I began a PhD in theoretical physics at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and the University of Waterloo. I completed my doctorate under the direction of Dr. Lee Smolin and Professor Niayesh Afshordi in September 2010. (To the right you can see a photo of me with my graduation cake, complete with a plot from my dissertation.)

As of October 1, 2011, I hold a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I am jointly appointed to the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and the Department of Physics. My affiliation in the department is as a member of Professor Alan Guth‘s research group in the Center for Theoretical Physics. Professor Ed Bertschinger has been my official host and adviser as an MLK as well as a collaborator. My current research focuses on multiple areas including (p)reheating and multifield inflation/inflationary perturbation theory, novel approaches to dark matter and technical issues in quantum fields in curved spacetimes. In the past, I have worked on problems at the intersection of quantum gravity and cosmology including novel approaches to the phenomenon of cosmic acceleration.

My first postdoc was a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship in the Observational Cosmology Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center, where I was involved with studying the capacity for weak lensing on the WFIRST experiment.

Navigate the menu above for descriptions of my research and my publications. To contact me, just email my first name at mit.edu.

The header image on this site is cropped from “Los Angeles Night Panorama as seen from Griffith Park Observatory” and is used with the gracious permission of Martin Schall. See more of his phenomenal photography at You Are Here.