Dr David Cole

Stipendiary Lecturer in Physics

I am a postdoctoral researcher in theoretical astrophysics working mainly on galactic dynamics. My doctoral studies were on the effects of dark matter on dwarf galaxies. My main research has covered dark matter, the formation of supermassive black holes and star clusters at the centre of galaxies and the dynamics of stars in galaxies. While I have been working in Oxford I have been creating models of galaxies like our own Milky Way to compare to large astronomical surveys. A principal target for our research is interpreting the results of a large space telescope called Gaia which is producing large quantities of data (http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Gaia_overview). Much of my work has been aimed at getting a better understanding of how galaxies were formed following the Big Bang.