University of Cambridge
Kavli Institute for Cosmology
Madingley Road
United Kingdom

Dr. Renske Smit

I am an astronomer and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cambridge in the UK, supported by a NWO Rubicon grant. In the fall of 2018 I will be taking up a Newton-Kavli fellowship at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology in Cambridge. My research is focused on observations of galaxies in the very distant Universe, using telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory in Chile.

In my work I am driven by science questions such as: how did the very first stars form and assemble into the first galaxies? How did these first generations of galaxies (re)ionise the neutral gas that filled intergalactic space during the first 800 million years of cosmic time? Why do galaxies rapidly evolve during the two billion years of cosmic history?

Prior to arriving in Cambridge, I was a postdoctoral scientist at Durham University, and a PhD student at Leiden University in the Netherlands. I defended my thesis "Star-Forming Galaxies at the Cosmic Dawn" on April 28, 2015. For my thesis work I was awarded the 2018 MERAC prize in observational Astrophysics by the European Astronomical Society.

To find out more about my research, look up my publications on ADS or read my most recent paper, published in Nature, here.