Dr Imogen Whittam

Hintze Research Fellow


MSci in Natural Sciences (Physics), University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall), 2010
PhD in Astrophysics, University of Cambridge (Trinity Hall), 2014

Academic Background

I studied for my PhD in the Cavendish Astrophysics group at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Julia Riley. My research focused on using data from a range of telescopes to better understand the nature of faint, extragalactic radio sources.
After completing my PhD I moved to Cape Town, South Africa, where I held an SKA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of the Western Cape for five years. 
I’ve recently returned to the UK and taken up a Hintze Research Fellowship in the Astrophysics group in the Physics Department here in Oxford.

Research Interests

My research focuses on radio galaxies - galaxies shooting giant jets of energetic particles from the supermassive black hole at their centre - and how they affect the stars forming in the galaxy. I’m currently using the newly-built MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa to discover more about the properties of radio galaxies and how they affect galaxy evolution.


I have published several articles detailing the results of my research in major astronomical journals, you can find a list of my publications here.