Hello world! I am a postdoc in cosmology at the Astronomy Centre in Sussex University, Brighton, UK. I have been working at Sussex since October 2013. Before that I was a PhD student at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation under the supervision of Robert Crittenden. Please feel free to have a look at my curriculum vitae and at the list of my papers.
Cosmology is the branch of astronomy that studies the origins and evolution of the Universe. It does seem a little bit pretentious, but this is what we actually do! Our main purpose as cosmologists is to give a coherent and comprehensive explanation of the phenomena that led our Universe to look the way it is today. To some extent, cosmology can be seen as the “archeology of the Universe”.
Cosmology is now a science rooted on firm observational grounds. Many Earth and space-based experiments provide cosmologists with a continuous flow of high precision data. For the first time, we have the tools to study in an accurate and quantitative way the origins and evolution of the Universe. It is unsurprising that these days are commonly referred to as the era of precision cosmology.