Dr Christopher Berry

Dr Christopher Berry

Dr Christopher Berry

Lecturer

Email: Christopher.Berry.2@glasgow.ac.uk

ORCID http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3870-7215

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I am interested in how we can use gravity to probe the properties of astrophysical objects like black holes and neutron stars, and how we can use astronomical observations to learn about the nature of gravitation. I specialises in gravitational-wave astronomy. My research spans gravitational-wave astronomy with the future space-based observatory LISA to observations with the ground-based LIGO and Virgo.

My main interests are in figuring out the origins of black holes (of all sizes) and neutrons stars, and the astrophysical processes that shape them. As part of this I work on building schemes for Bayesian inferences. In addition to physics, I have a keen interest in science education and communication. I enjoy giving regular talks to astronomical societies, science clubs and the general public.

As an undergraduate, I read Natural Science at the University of Cambridge, specialising in Experimental & Theoretical Physics. I continued at Cambridge, at the Institute of Astronomy, for my PhD, where his supervisor was Jonathan Gair. I worked on a range of topics connected to gravity with a particular interest in what we could learn from the space-based gravitational-wave observatory LISA. Following my PhD, in 2013 I moved to the University of Birmingham as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Here, I joined the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and developed expertise in gravitational-wave parameter estimation. I worked on LIGO’s first detections in 2015 and led the analysis of GW170104. In 2018 I moved to Northwestern University as the inaugural CIERA Board of Visitors Research Professor, before joining the University of Glasgow in 2020.