Lindemann Fellow and Tutor in Physics, Wadham College, University of Oxford. Within the Physics Department, in addition to leading the “galaxies” strand of the Oxford Centre for Astrophysical Surveys, he was recently Head of Finals' Examiners and supervises PhD students both in Oxford and abroad. At college, in addition to pastoral care and recently acting as college Dean, he is mainly tutors the first year Physics curriculum as well as some second and third year papers.
His research centres on the formation and evolution of galaxies, primarily through detailed studies of nearby systems, this across the whole electromagnetic spectrum. He is also an affiliate member of the Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe at the University of Tokyo, and he was visiting professor at the University of California in Berkeley and the Chinese Academy of Science’s Shanghai Astronomical Observatory. He just stepped down from the Council of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Before joining Oxford, he was a NASA Hubble Fellow within the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University, New York City, and a postdoctoral fellow at Leiden Observatory, part of the University of Leiden, the Netherlands.