Junior Research Chair, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, South Africa

I currently hold the ARETÉ Junior Research Chair in Applied Statistical Methods, Cosmology and Big Data based at AIMS South Africa. I did a BSc degree in Physics and Math at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and completed my Honours and Master’s degree at UCT through the National Astrophysics and Space Science Program (NASSP). I did my PhD at the school for advanced studies (SISSA) in Trieste, Italy. Before taking the ARETÉ Chair position in June 2016, I was a postdoctoral researcher for one year at the University of Oslo, Norway, and for three years at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.

My current work is mostly investigating the statistical properties of the Universe using the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) data from the Planck satellite. I also works on Big Data analysis and contribute to different software to the public.