Juna Kollmeier uses a combination of cosmological hydrodynamic simulations and good old-fashioned analytic theory to figure out how the tiny fluctuations in density that were present when the universe was only 300 thousand years old, become the galaxies and black holes that we see after 14 billion years of cosmic evolution. 

She is the Founding Director of Carnegie's theoretical astrophysics program and built the theory program at the Observatories.  She is also currently leading the SDSS-V, the worlds first all-sky robotic spectroscopic survey in the optical and the infrared. 

Kollmeier is on leave from the Observatories while she serves as the Director of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, the worlds only national institute in theoretical astrophysics.


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