Miguel Zumalacárregui


I am a Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute) in Potsdam (Germany), working at the interface between cosmology, gravitation and fundamental physics. Previously I was a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics, a Nordita Fellow and a postdoc at ITP Heidelberg.

My research focuses on understanding the nature of dark matter and cosmic acceleration, both theoretically and through their phenomenological implications. I am particularly interested in signatures involving gravitational waves, the universe's expansion and large-scale structure and gravitational lensing.

I am also the main developer of the hi_class code, a fast and flexible tool to test general Dark Energy models. In the past I worked on other software implementations to test a variety of cosmological models.

My earlier research is contained in my PhD dissertation "Probing the Foundations of the Standard Cosmological Model and summarized in my PhD defense presentation (shown below)


I love teaching and science communication with the general public (in Spanish or English).

Wrong Zuma? You might be looking for my sister Ana (number theorist in University of NSW) or my cousin Veronica (world food reporter in Canal Cocina). Or my distant relative Miguel Antonio (liberal politician in the 18th century), or his brother "Uncle Tomás" (conservative general in that same period).