Hi! I’m Chanda. I am a theoretical physicist/axion wrangler. My current research focuses on multiple areas including the hypothesized particle the axion, (p)reheating and multifield inflation/inflationary perturbation theory, and technical issues in quantum fields in curved spacetimes. In the past, I have worked on problems at the intersection of quantum gravity and cosmology including novel approaches to the phenomenon of cosmic acceleration.
As of March 1, 2016, I hold a Research Associate position in the Department of Physics at the University of Washington. I collaborate with members of the Dark Universe Science Center. Navigate the menu to the right for descriptions of my research and my publications. To contact me, just email cprescod (the usual symbol) uw.edu.
- My CV (email for the most updated one)
- The arXiv is very important. Especially since my publications are on it.
- In 2014, I was listed by the L’Oreal-UNESCO Foundation as one of 5 Amazing Woman Astronomers You Should Know.
- In 2015, I was profiled by the Huffington Post: Meet The 63rd Black Woman In American History With A Physics Ph.D.
- I use Cosmo Coffee to filter the arXiv.
- Check out the National Society of Black Physicists and the National Society of Hispanic Physicists websites. Also there is an NSBP Blog, Vector.
- Here is an article about how I pronounce the letter “h.”
Previously, I held a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I was jointly appointed to the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research and the Department of Physics. My affiliation in the department was as a member of Professor Alan Guth‘s research group in the Center for Theoretical Physics. Professor Ed Bertschinger has been my official host and adviser as an MLK as well as a collaborator.
My first postdoc was a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellowship in the Observational Cosmology Lab at Goddard Space Flight Center, where I was involved with studying the capacity for weak lensing on the WFIRST experiment.
I am originally from El Sereno in east Los Angeles, California. I left East L.A. to attend Harvard College where I earned a bachelors in Physics and Astronomy and Astrophysics in 2003. After passing the PhD preliminary exam and earning a Masters in Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2005), I changed research directions and ultimately moved to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics to work with Dr. Lee Smolin in 2006. I completed my doctoral dissertation, “Cosmic Acceleration as Quantum Gravity Phenomenology,” at the Perimeter Institute and the University of Waterloo under the joint direction of Dr. Smolin and Professor Niayesh Afshordi in September 2010.
The header image on this site is cropped from “Los Angeles Night Panorama as seen from Griffith Park Observatory” and is used with the gracious permission of Martin Schall. See more of his phenomenal photography at You Are Here.