Asantha R. Cooray

Professor of Physics & Astronomy
(949) 824-6832
2162 Frederick Reines Hall
Research Area: 

Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2001, Astronomy and Astrophysics
M.S., University of Chicago, 1998, Astronomy and Astrophysics
M.S., MIT, 1997, Earth and Planetary Sciences
B.S., MIT, 1997, Physics
B.S., MIT, 1997, Mathematics
B.S., MIT, 1997, Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences

Asantha Cooray is a Professor and a Chancellor's Fellow at UCI and a member of the research faculty at the California Institute of Technology. His research expertise is in the field of space science, cosmology, astrophysics and is a member of several space-based and NASA sounding rocket experiments and instrumentation aimed at understanding the early universe, first stars, and galaxies. He is a member of the ESA's Herschel Space Observatory-SPIRE Instrument Team and several NASA astrophysics missions planned for this decade, including the Inflation Probe. He has contributed to topics in field such as halo model of the galaxy distribution in the large-scale structure,[2] and has developed ways to measure and quantify physical properties of dark energy and dark matter in the universe. Cooray is also a Science Editor of Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics (JCAP).

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Administrative Assistant: 
Joanna Mancilla,, 949-824-2159