Daniel Gilman

Brinson Prize Postdoctoral Fellow


I am a Brinson Prize Fellow specializing in cosmology and dark matter phenomenology. I primarily study dark matter using strong gravitational lensing to detect concentrations of dark matter around distant galaxies. I have developed several codes that allow us to analyze strong lenses to infer properties of dark matter halos, and I interpret these inferences in context of a variety of particle theories. I am also interested in exploring applications of strong lensing to investigate the early Universe by connecting the properties of halos to the Universe’s initial conditions. 

I received a bachelors degree in physics at James Madison University in Virginia, and completed a PhD in physics at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to arriving in Chicago, I worked at the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral researcher, and then as a Schmidt AI in Science Fellow. When I’m not thinking about dark matter, I’m most likely playing soccer, watching soccer (I never miss an Arsenal game), playing chess, at the gym, or playing the piano. 

Selected Publications