the group

Vera Gluscevic, PI
Gabilan Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southern California. Professor Gluscevic’s research focuses on using cosmological and astrophysical probes to unveil fundamental physics that governs our universe. She previously an Eric Schmidt Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She received her PhD in Astrophysics at Caltech, and her undergraduate degree in Astrophysics, at the University of Belgrade, Serbia.

Ethan O. Nadler, Carnegie-USC postdoc
Dr. Nadler is an expert on zoom-in simulations in non-cold dark matter cosmologies, near-field cosmology, and galaxy formation and evolution. He received his PhD from Stanford and his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara.

Rui An, postdoc
Dr. An’s work focuses on cosmological probes of new physics, combining inference using the CMB and large scale structure data, and cosmological simulations. She received her PhD from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and her undergraduate degree from Hubei University, China.

George (Trey) Driskell, graduate student
Trey’s thesis focuses on cosmological consequences of interacting dark matter on 21-cm signal and galaxy formation. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

Adam He, graduate student
Adam is using the effective theory of structure formation to probe new physics with large scale structure. Adam graduated from Columbia University.

Wendy Crumrine, graduate student
Wendy is using Milky Way satellite abundance measurements to test dark matter scattering with neutrinos and photons. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard and her master’s from San Francisco State University.

Aryan Rahimieh, graduate student
Aryan works on forecasting sensitivity of future experiments to disentangle astrophysical parameters from signatures of new physics. He earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees from Sharif University of Technology, Iran.

Karime Maamari, graduate student
Karime works on astrophysical bounds on dark matter-baryon scattering, using Milky Way satellite abundance measurements from DES. He is now developing the first galaxy formation simulations that include dark matter-proton elastic scattering. Karime earned his undergraduate degree from USC.

James Wen, undergraduate student
James is developing interactive sofrware to visualize multi dimensional cosmological likelihood functions.

Interested in joining the team?

If you are a USC undergraduate student, a prospective PhD student, or a prospective postdoc, and want to know more about potential research opportunities, send an email to vera.gluscevic [ at ]

Former members:

Resherle Verna (post-bacc student and former USC masters student, class of 2020, GEM fellow; continued on to PhD at UT Austin).

Dimple Sarnaaik (USC undergrad, class of 2021; continued on to PhD at USC)

David Nguyen (USC undergrad, class of 2021; continued on to PhD at Yale).

Isabella Johansson (USC master student, graduated 2021).

Prayaas Aggarwal (B.S. Physics/Computer Science, USC Class of 2020; now Software/Systems Engineer at Qualcomm).

Brenda Zhou (USC undergrad, class of 2021).

Aizhan Akhmedzanova (Princeton undergrad, class of 2020; now PhD student at Harvard).

Katelyn Neese (Princeton undergrad, class of 2017; now Metrology Engineer at Newport News Shipbuilding).