Joanna Dunkley, astrophysicist

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Jo Dunkley is a professor in astrophysics at the University of Oxford. Her research is in cosmology, studying the origins and evolution of the universe. Her work involves determining properties of the universe such as its rate of expansion, its age and the nature of dark matter and dark energy.

In particular she studies the Cosmic Microwave Background, light that has been travelling since shortly after the Big Bang. Her research combines theoretical work with statistical analysis to extract new information about the universe from cosmological observations.

She is part of the science teams for the Planck and WMAP space satellites, and for the Atacama Cosmology Telescope in Chile. She also teaches undergraduate and graduate physics students, and is a tutorial fellow at Exeter College in Oxford.

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