Research Staff

Mack, Dr Katherine - Research Staff

University of Melbourne

Phone: +61 3 8344 5430


Website(s): Personal Website


Research Interests / Responsibilities:

I am currently holding a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council on the topic: "Dark matter particle physics and the first sources of light in the universe."

Previously, I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the STFC at the University of Cambridge in the Kavli Institute for Cosmology / Institute of Astronomy. I received my PhD in astrophysics at Princeton University and my undergraduate degree in physics at Caltech.

My research has mainly been in particle physics, cosmology and theoretical astrophysics. My PhD thesis was on connections between early universe theory and astronomical observation with Professor Paul Steinhardt.

My current interests include early universe physics, dark matter, the epoch of reionization, big bang relics, compact objects, and supermassive black holes. The unifying goal in all my work is to find ways to use observational cosmology to better understand the fundamental physical nature of the components and evolution of the universe.