Cora Dvorkin
Faculty Assistant: Erica Mantone (

I am a theoretical cosmologist. My areas of research are: the nature of dark matter, neutrinos and other light relics, and the physics of the early universe. I use observables such as the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the large-scale structure of the universe, 21-cm radiation, and strong gravitational lensing to shed light on these questions.

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics at Harvard University.

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I am the Harvard Representative at our newly NSF-funded Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI)’s Board. This is a joint effort together with colleagues at Harvard, MIT, Tufts, and Northeastern. Our goal is to solve problems in fundamental physics and astrophysics using AI, while at the same time improving the AI foundations.

Prior to beginning a faculty position at Harvard in the fall of 2015, I was a NASA Hubble Fellow (awarded by NASA) and an ITC Fellow in the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC) at the Center for Astrophysics at Harvard. Previously, I was a postdoctoral member of the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. In July 2011, I received my Ph.D. at the Department of Physics of the University of Chicago, where I won the “Sydney Bloomenthal Fellowship” for “outstanding performance in research”. I did my undergraduate at the University of Buenos Aires School of Science, where I received my Diploma in Physics (M.S. equivalent). I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

I have been awarded the DOE Early Career award (August, 2019). I have been awarded a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship for 2018-2019 and a Shutzer Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for the period 2015-2019. I have been named the “2018 Scientist of the year” by the Harvard Foundation for “Salient Contributions to Physics, Cosmology and STEM Education”. In 2012, I have been given the “Martin and Beate Block Award”, awarded to the best young physicist by the Aspen Center for Physics.

I was the Co-Leader of the Inflation analysis group in the next generation CMB-S4 experiment. Prior to this, I was the Leader of the Dark Matter analysis group.

I am a full member of the Vera Rubin Observatory’s LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC).

I have given more than 100 invited talks at conferences and workshops around the world.

I am supported by the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), a Star Family award for Promising Scientific Research, three Dean’s Competitive Fund awards for Promising Scholarship, and a Radcliffe Fellowship.

Postdoc opportunities: If you are interested in joining my research group, please send me an email to: Postdoc candidates should send a research statement, three letters of recommendation and a CV. Harvard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative action Employer, and applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.

Last update on May, 2022