Recent News

  • 29th Nov 2017: Transit of WASP-11b Observed with the MHT.

About Me

I am a senior lecturer in Astrophysics at the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute of the University of Central Lancashire. I act as the manager of the University's two observatories (the Alston and Moor Park Observatories). In addition I am the postgraduate admissions tutor and a research degrees tutor for the JHI.

Between 2012 and 2015 I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, where I worked with Eva Schinnerer and Glenn van de Ven on science planning for the forthcoming LINC-NIRVANA instrument, as well as projects related to compact stellar systems (such as globular clusters, UCDs, and cEs) and galaxy formation.

Between 2008 and 2012 I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the USA, where I worked with Sheila Kannappan on the RESOLVE survey and other projects related to compact stellar system formation.

I undertook my PhD in the Department of Physics of the University of Durham, UK, under the supervision of Prof. Ray Sharples.

My research focusses on the study of the formation of early type galaxies, the so-called red-and-dead galaxies that are mostly spheroidal in shape, red in colour, and not currently forming stars.

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  • Teaching for 2022-2023
  • AA2001 - Astrophysics II
  • AA3853 - Cosmology & Galaxies
  • Lab Tutor for AA1003
  • Co-supervisor for 3rd year projects in AP3950