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Welcome our new faculty 2015  
We welcome Marilena LoVerde, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics and Anja von der Linden, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Marilena received her PhD from Columbia in 2009 and has held postdoctoral appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study and the the Kavli Center at the University of Chicago 2009-2015. She is a theoretical astrophysicist working in cosmology, focusing on modeling the clustering of galaxies seen in large surveys, observations of the "Lyman-alpha forest" of absorption lines in the spectra of distant galaxies, and maps of the cosmic microwave background. She studies the fundamental physics of inflation, dark matter, and dark energy. She is interested in understanding the relationship between luminous objects and the underlying dark matter distribution.

Anja is an observational astrophysicist, focusing on aspects of galaxy clusters. She leads the Weighing the Giants project to use weak gravitational lensing to determine the masses of about 50 of the most X-ray luminous clusters known, in order to calibrate clusters as cosmological probes. She received her Doctorate from the Ludwig-Maximilians University and Max Planck Institute in 2007, was a postdoc at Stanford 2007-2012, and the Sophie and Tycho Brahe Fellow at the DARK Cosmology Centre in Copenhagen and the Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford (20012-2015).


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