Nicholas Battaglia

Assistant Professor

Department and Program Affiliations:
Astronomy

Academic focus:

Cosmology and astrophysics 

Current research project: 

Exploring fundamental physics, galaxy formation, and the epoch of reionization using observations of cosmic microwave background

Previous positions: 

  • Associate Research Scientist, Center for Computational Astrophysics, Flatiron Institute, 2017-2018 
  • Lyman Spitzer Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astrophysical Sciences, Princeton University, 2014-2017
  • McWiliams Postdoctoral Fellow, McWilliams Center for Cosmology, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011-2014

Academic background: 

  • Ph.D, Astronomy and astrophysics, University of Toronto, 2011
  • B.Sc, Physics, McGill University, 2006 

Last book read:

“Thinking Fast and Slow,” by Daniel Kahneman 

In your own time/when not working:

I like to spend time with my family, play sports, enjoy nature, and cook. 

Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching:

Cosmology, Computational Astrophysics, and Freshman Astronomy 

What most excites you about Cornell:

The great astronomy department; the friendly and inclusive nature of the students, staff, and faculty here; and t