Congratulations to Dr. Natacha Altamirano!

Congratulations to the newly minted Doctor Natacha (Naty) Altamirano on successfully defending her PhD, entitled:

“The quantum and the gravity: Newtonian and Cosmological applications” 

In her thesis, Natacha looked into an innovative idea about the nature of gravity, where it is speculated that gravity is inherently a classical and not a quantum interaction.  She further studied the laboratory tests of this idea, as well is its potential cosmological applications.  While most of this work was with Natacha’s co-supervisor Robb Mann (and other collaborators), she also worked with me on various topics in cosmology, including holographic big bang, modified gravity, and Sunyaev-Zel’dovich (SZ) signal from galaxies (yet to appear).

Below are pictures of Natacha’s proud supervisors, as well as a celebratory cake, featuring some of her PhD work. The latter includes the only published picture of her SZ work, showing a mysterious SZ deficit for small galaxies! 😕 IMG_3950


You can read more of Natacha’s broad, innovative and exciting research on arXiv. We wish her all the best in her future adventures 👏 🙂