I’m a Porat Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) at Stanford. I’m interested in using cosmological observations to better understand and constrain fundamental physics, and in studying how we can get as much information as possible out of those observations. I’m also interested in science outreach and in making STEM fields more accessible and welcoming to everyone. I’m part of Risa Wechsler’s galaxy formation and cosmology group, and do research as part of the Dark Energy Survey collaboration.
I grew up in Romeo, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. I received my undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, where I did an astrophysics undergrad thesis supervised by Mark Voit. I spent two years at the University of Cambridge as a Marshall Scholar where I completed Part III of the Mathematical Tripos and then spent a year working on modified gravity research with Anne-Christine Davis. I got my PhD at University of Michigan’s Department of Physics, where my advisor was Dragan Huterer.
The headshot above was taken by Jenn Chen.
CV: linked here
Links & contact
- Email: jlmuir ~at~ stanford ~dot~ edu
- INSPIRE: Jessica.Muir.1
- ORCID: 0000-0002-7579-770X
- github: jessmuir
- twitter: jlynnmuir
Want to hear me give a talk?
- “Echoes of the Early Universe” (Public lecture, 1hr) - I gave this talk for the general public in July 2020 as part of KIPAC’s online “Discover” series. It’s about the Cosmic Micorwave Background, and how we can use measurements of it to learn about the history of the Universe and about fundamental physics.
- “Towards precision cosmology on the largest observable scales” (Technical talk, 30m) - This is a talk I gave as a finalist for the APS Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Thesis Prize during a virtual session of the 2020 APS April meeting. It covers my dissertation projects on ISW signal reconstruction, CMB large-angle anomaly covariances, and multi-probe blinding for cosmology analysis.
- PhD in Physics - University of Michigan, 2018.
- MPhil in Astronomy - Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, 2013.
- MASt in Applied Mathematics (Part III) - Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, 2012.
- B.S. Physics & B.S. Astrophysics - Michigan State University, 2010.