Liang Dai

Liang Dai

Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Dept of Physics
Phone
(443) 857-7054
Research Expertise and Interest
astrophysics, physical cosmology
Research Description

Prof. Dai is interested in cosmology and astrophysics. Combining both theoretical and observational efforts, he investigates high magnification macro-lensing and micro-lensing phenomena in extragalactic lensed galaxies, to understand the nature of the Dark Matter on scales smaller than those of galaxy formation, and to probe star formation in the young Universe. With an emphasis on signal detection and analysis, Prof. Dai studies the gravitational lensing phenomenon of gravitational waves from merging compact objects, as a non-electromagnetic view of the matter distribution in the Universe. Prof. Dai explores novel methodologies to search for imprints of New Physics in the Cosmic Microwave Background, which can inform us about the physics of the primordial Universe.

Prof. Dai received a B.S. in Physics from Peking University in 2011. Later on, he earned his Ph.D. in Physics from the Johns Hopkins University in 2015 working on theoretical cosmology. From 2015 to 2018, he was awarded an NASA Einstein fellowship and was appointed a postdoctoral Member at the Institute for Advanced Study in the School of Natural Sciences. From 2018 to 2020, he was a long-term John Bahcall postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, before he joined the faculty in the Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley.

In the News

February 16, 2021

Five young scholars named Sloan Research Fellows

Five UC Berkeley assistant professors have been awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowships, which are one of the most competitive and prestigious awards available to early career researchers.

In the News

February 16, 2021

Five young scholars named Sloan Research Fellows

Five UC Berkeley assistant professors have been awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowships, which are one of the most competitive and prestigious awards available to early career researchers.
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