Cosmology & Astrophysics


Research in this area is undertaken by the Cosmology Group at AIMS South Africa in a variety of areas of theoretical, observational and computational cosmology with membership of various large international collaborations such as the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS). In addition the group maintains close working relationships with the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), the South African SKA project, the Centre for High Performance Computing and the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP). The group also runs workshops, seminars and a vigorous visitors programme bringing experimentalists, theorists and data analysis experts together to encourage interaction and collaboration.


Prof. Bruce Bassett, Senior Resident Researcher

Prof. Bassett is head of the Cosmology Group at AIMS South Africa. Bruce is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, where he obtained his MSc in Applied Mathematics …

Dr Yabebal Fantaye,ARETÉ Junior Research Chair in Applied Statistical Methods, Cosmology and Big Data

Dr Yabebal Fantaye did a BSc degree in Physics and Math at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and completed his Honours and Master’s degree at the University of Cape Town through the National Astrophysics and Space Science Program (NASSP)…

Dr Michelle Lochner, Resident Researcher

Dr Michelle Lochner is a Resident Researcher at AIMS South Africa. This is a joint position which was made possible through a collaboration between SKA and AIMS South Africa…

Prof. Mario Santos, SARChi Chair in Cosmology with Multi-Wavelength Data

His main area of research is Cosmology. In particular, he is studying how the next generation of large radio telescopes, such as MeerKAT  in South Africa and the future SKA will be able to answer fundamental questions in Cosmology …

 Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr Nirina Tahiridimbisoa

Machine Learning

PhD students


Emmanuel Dufourq

Machine Learning
Supervisor: Bruce Bassett

Ethan Roberts

Supervisor: Bruce Bassett

Research Master’s students


Curtly Blows

Machine Learning
Supervisor: Bruce Bassett

Blake Cunningham

Machine Learning
Supervisor: Bruce Bassett

Oarabile Hope Moloko

Machine Learning
Supervisor: Bruce Bassett & Michelle Lochner

Kameel Sookunan

Machine Learning
Supervisor: Michelle Lochner & Bruce Bassett