IAS Postdoctoral Fellow Razieh Emami Meibody
Dr Razieh Emami Meibody came from Iran. Her undergraduate training was in applied physics and theoretical physics at Master’s level. Through the course of her doctoral studies at Institute for the Research in Fundamental Sciences, Emami has worked in the field of cosmology and researched in Italy and the US with support of two fellowships. After she received her PhD in 2015, Emami works on early universe cosmology, astro-particle physics, quantum field theory, astronomy and gravity in collaboration with Andrew G Cohen and Henry Tye.
Living in the Asia-Pacific region for the first time, what Emami enjoys most is the environment where she can frequently connect with the right people with similar interests. “What’s nice about IAS is that we have a lot of flexibility to go for certain themes of our choosing. Friends and colleagues are so helpful. It speeds up the progress. You don’t easily come across a lot of people with related academic interests because few people are in this field.” She finds herself fortunate to enjoy so much freedom, as she, like many of her peers, was given the chance to pursue higher degrees.
When asked about her plan for future, she is open to a lot of possibilities. “I am not planning to return to Iran yet. Who knows what would come next? Important is that I find the opportunity to settle down where I would find comfortable.”
Emami’s current interest covers various topics in cosmology from very early universe to the late time cosmology.
“As a theoretical cosmologist, I seek to come up with novel physical models that are as consistent as possible to any experimental surveys or any simulations. Then we could gain a better understanding of the physical laws behind the universe from as early as 10-33 seconds after the big bang.” In one of her recent projects, she worked with George Smoot, IAS TT and WF Chao Foundation Professor and Nobel Laureate in Physics. The project won the best poster prize at the Gordon Research Conference in Particle Physics in summer 2017.