Tessa Baker


Professor Tessa Baker is a cosmologist and gravitational wave astronomer. She hadn’t planned to be a cosmologist; but one day on the train to school she started reading a book about black holes, and thought they were just too cool to leave alone.

Tessa works on understanding the role of gravity in our universe. She develops tools to test ideas about modified gravity and dark energy models with gravitational waves, large-scale structure and cosmological voids. When she’s not running a research team, she likes hiking around the countryside, live music, and salsa.

Formerly, Tessa held the role of Proleptic Reader in Cosmology at Queen Mary University London.