I am currently based at Imperial College London, where I am on a Royal Astronomical Society Fellowship. I have spent my research career in London so far, completing my PhD and first postdoctoral position at UCL before heading off to Imperial College for my current fellowship. My research is in the Epoch of Reionisation, a rather off-putting name for a very exciting time in our Universe – when the lights first switched on! As those first stars formed and starting flinging out high energy radiation, they formed bubbles of ionised hydrogen around them. We can observe this hydrogen today with radio telescopes and the race is on to make the first detection of the Epoch of Reionisation. I work mainly with the European telescope LOFAR based in the Netherlands and hey, who knows, maybe 2017 is the year for that first detection…

I am passionate about trying to make astronomy and universities in general pleasant, safe places for everyone who works and studies there. I have spoken on the topic of harassment and bullying in physics at the Institute of Physics (http://www.iop.org/news/15/may/page_65667.html) and sit on the Institute of Physics Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the Imperial College London Physics JUNO committee. I’m always happy to talk about the issues and all the fantastic work being done to make sure everyone can just get on and do science!