The consortium can be contacted through this form. Below is the list of the current members of the consortium. ORCid icons (ORCID icon) link to respective ORCid pages, and publication icons () link to the list of consortium publications to which the member has contributed. Members who left the consortium are listed in the alumni section.

Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (IAP)
Deaglan Bartlett is a PhD student in Astrophysics and the Graduate Teaching and Research Scholar in Physics at Oriel College, University of Oxford. His research focuses on using the morphology and kinematics of galaxies to learn about galaxy formation and to constrain theories beyond the standard models of cosmology (ΛCDM) and particle physics. For example, he investigates whether there are new fields mediating gravitational forces which can manifest themselves as fifth forces and, if so, determine how these fields and forces are screened in different environments. This requires statistical knowledge of the large scale matter distribution to produce source-by-source forward models which can be compared with observations to derive constraints on astrophysical and cosmological models.
Chotipan Boonkongkird Access to author's publication
Chotipan Boonkongkird is a PhD student at Sorbonne Université. His work involves machine learning techniques to develop cosmological tools for the Lyman-alpha forest to gain better insights from the current and future observations. He is also interested in weak gravitational lensing and large scale structure physics.
Axel Lapel is a PhD student in the Cosmology group of the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris. His main research focuses on the development of new statistical tools beyond the standard 2-point analysis to infer the mass of neutrinos from Large Scale Structures and the Cosmic Microwave Background. His work involves exploring a forward modeling approach, higher-order summary statistics, likelihood-free inference, and cross-correlation of cosmological probes through the preparation of Nx2pt analyses for next-generation surveys.
Guilhem Lavaux is a permanent research scientist. He is interested in constraining fundamental physics through the use of cosmological probe. To achieve this he builds high performance and scalable algorithms to make optimal use of existing and future cosmological data sets like galaxy surveys or the cosmic microwave background. He works at the intersection of data analysis, physical modeling of observations, large scale statistical inference, high performance computing, simulations and visualization. He is a cofounder of the Aquila consortium.
Florent Leclercq is an interdisciplinary CNRS researcher in cosmology and information science. The general goal of his work is to maximise the scientific potential of large cosmological data sets to test theories of fundamental physics. To do so, he develops and uses innovative and dedicated information science and data science techniques, including statistical inference, machine learning, and high-performance computing.
Benjamin Wandelt is a professor at the Sorbonne Université and the director of the Institut Lagrange de Paris. His research connects fundamental physics and cosmology with astronomical data on scales ranging from the inner halos of galaxies to the largest scales accessible to observations.
Stockholm University
Adam Johansson Andrews ORCID icon Access to author's publication
Adam Johansson Andrews is a PhD student at Stockholm University whose research involves large-scale structures and 3D reconstruction of the dark matter fields. By employing modern data science techniques e.g. Bayesian inference and machine learning, Adam’s main research interest is to probe into the fundamental aspects of physics: nature of dark matter and dark energy, neutrino masses, and galaxy formation.
Jens Jasche is an associate professor at the University of Stockholm working at the interface between theory and observations. His research focuses on understanding the gravitational evolution of the cosmic large-scale structure and the imprints of dark matter and dark energy in large surveys of the observed galaxy distribution. A common element in all his research is the development and application of modern data science as well as artificial intelligence techniques to characterize fundamental properties of the dark sector physics, test the theory of gravity and identify new physical phenomena in observations.
Stephen Stopyra is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Stockholm and the Oskar Klein Centre. His research sits at the interface of particle physics and cosmology, with a current focus on large scale structure. On the particle physics side, he has worked on electroweak vacuum decay during inflation, and the behaviour of stochastic spectator fields. On the cosmology side, he studies cosmological voids and has contributed to the development of the genetically-modified N-body initial conditions generator, "genetIC". He is interested in how cosmology can be used to learn about high-energy physics and vice versa (such as through neutrinos, the nature of dark matter, and modified gravity).
Eleni Tsaprazi is a PhD student at Stockholm University working with probes of the cosmic large-scale structure and supernova distance tracers to study the physics of the Dark Universe. Her research employs a cosmological Bayesian inference framework to constrain cosmological parameters and test various Dark Energy and Modified Gravity models. She is also interested in the origin and evolution of the large-scale peculiar velocity field and its effects on cosmological observations.
Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur
Max Planck Institüt für Astrophysik
Andrija Kostić is a PhD student in the Physical Cosmology group at the Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik in Garching, Germany. He is interested in combining the effective field theory approaches to large-scale structure physics and Bayesian methods in order to extract as much information as possible on the early universe and improve constraints on current cosmological models.
Fabian Schmidt is a research group leader at MPA. He is interested in theoretical approaches to large-scale structure, and to using large-scale structure to learn about gravity, dark energy, and the early Universe.
Julia Stadler is a Postdoc at the Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik. Her research focuses on parameter inference from Large Scale Structure and how to control theoretical and observational biases. She is also interested in forward modeling, Bayesian analysis and numerical methods in a broader context, in particular interferometric imaging of the Galactic Center.
University of Oxford
Natalia Porqueres is a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College. Her research focuses on understanding the formation of cosmic large-scale structures and galaxies. She develops statistical data analysis tools to infer the dark matter density and its dynamics from cosmological datasets. In particular, she developed a method to infer the matter clustering at high-redshift from the Lyman-alpha forest. She has also worked in developing a new data model for contaminated data, which can provide unbiased results even from data subject to unknown systematics.
Imperial College London
Lucas Makinen is a Master's student at the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris and incoming PhD student at the Imperial Centre for Inference and Cosmology (ICIC) with interests in the intersection of statistics and large-scale structure cosmology. He is developing advanced Bayesian and deep learning approaches for testing theoretical models with deep galaxy and radio surveys. Lucas' recent works include deep21, a deep network for producing clean three-dimensional 21cm maps from contaminated observations, as well as a benchmarking analysis for simulation-based inference for cosmological fields via optimal neural network compression. Outside of cosmology Lucas is an avid jazz trumpeter and regular concert-goer.
James Prideaux-Ghee Access to author's publication
James Prideaux-Ghee is a PhD Student at the Imperial Centre for Inference and Cosmology (ICIC) at Imperial College London working on using Bayesian methods to improve understanding of large-scale structure. His work involves improving the statistics of 3D reconstructions of the large-scale dark matter density and peculiar velocity fields produced by the Aquila software package BORG.
University of Michigan
Minh Nguyen is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Leinweber Center for Theoretical Physics (LCTP), University of Michigan. His interests and works in Bayesian forward modeling span the scale of galaxies, clusters and the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), and the range of method-algorithm development to (real) data application. He obtained his PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in 2020, where he developped the first Bayesian framework to optimally extract the kinematic Sunyaev-Zeldovich signal from the CMB. He is now at LCTP working on new probes to hunt and test new physics beyond the Standard Model of Cosmology - LambdaCDM. He is a big believer in diversity in science and an equally big fan of cue sports.
Dark Institute, University of Copenhagen
Doogesh Kodi Ramanah ORCID icon Access to author's publication
Doogesh Kodi Ramanah is a DARK Postdoctoral Fellow at NBI. He is a former Lagrange PhD Fellow at Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris, having completed his PhD in cosmology in September 2019 under the supervision of Guilhem Lavaux and Benjamin D. Wandelt. His research work and interests span the development and application of sophisticated and robust Bayesian inference tools to cosmological probes (CMB and large-scale structures), and the design and construction of fast emulators of complex cosmic dynamics using deep generative modelling techniques.
University of Portsmouth
Harry Desmond is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation. He is interested primarily in devising and conducting novel tests of gravity using galaxy-scale signals. These tests often rely on precise characterisation of galaxies' gravitational environments, and hence require statistical knowledge of the distribution of surrounding matter. He also studies the relation between light and mass in galaxies, i.e. the galaxy-halo connection.
University of Arizona
Supranta Sarma Boruah is a postdoctoral researcher at Steward Observatory, University of Arizona. His research is focused on uncovering the dark Universe using cosmological observations.He is interested in forward-modelled cosmological analyses, specifically applied to weak lensing and peculiar velocities probes. He is also interested in developing methods for fast inference in large-scale cosmological analyses.
University of Waterloo
Michael J. Hudson ORCID icon Access to author's publication
Mike Hudson is a Professor at the Waterloo Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Waterloo. He is interested in using cosmological data sets to uncover the distribution of dark matter over a range of scales, from galaxy halos to large-scale cosmic structures, and its relationship to the distribution of galaxies.
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Suvodip Mukherjee is an observational cosmologist, interested to study different aspects of fundamental physics, astrophysics and cosmological phenomena using Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), large scale structure and gravitational waves as observational probes. His work encompasses theoretical analysis, numerical calculations and developing statistical tools to understand the imprints of cosmological and astrophysical phenomena from the observed data.
Université Clermont-Auvergne
Manon Michel is a CNRS researcher. Her work mainly focuses on the design and implementation of stochastic algorithms for statistical physics and Bayesian inference and is based on the study of complex systems and the analysis of the convergence and coupling of Markov chains.
Universidad ECCI
University of Groningen
Laboratoire de Physique Nucléaire et des Hautes Énergies (LPNHE)
Astroparticle & Cosmologie
University of Columbia

Alumni of the Aquila consortium

  • Raffaella Capasso (2019-2021)
  • Thomas Charnock (2017-2021)
  • Franz Elsner (2015-2018)
  • Florian Führer (2016-2019)
  • George Kyriacou (2017)
  • Radek Wojtak (2021)