Dr. Esra Bulbul

high-energy astrophysics
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Brief Bio:
Dr. Esra Bulbul is the lead scientist for eROSITA cluster science and cosmology. She holds a group leader position at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. She has held a staff scientist position at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) and postdoctoral fellowships at CfA, MIT, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center prior to her arrival at MPE. 

Dr. Bulbul's research interests are focused on understanding the growth of structure and the fundamental physics of the universe, including the nature of dark matter and dark energy, by utilizing observations of clusters of galaxies detected in large area multi-wavelength surveys. Dr. Bulbul was recently awarded the European Research Council's Consolidator Grant in 2020 for the project "DarkQuest: Shedding Light on the Nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy with Multi-wavelength All-Sky Surveys". The ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers in Europe with a significant track record and have a succes rate of ~10%



Research Interests:

  • Large Area Multi-wavelength Surveys
  • Cosmology
  • Large Scale Structure
  • Galaxy Groups and Clusters
  • Indirect Searches for Dark Matter

Awards and Grants:
  • 2020, European Research Council Consolidator Award, 2M Euros Research Funding
  • 2013-2020, PI of NASA ADAP, Chandra, XMM-Newton Awards, >1M Dollars  Research Funding
  • 2018, American Physical Society, Top Ten Research Highlights of the Decade, Research Highlight of 2014
  • 2014, American Physical Society, One of the Top Ten Research Highlights of 2014
  • 2010, Univ. Alabama in Huntsville, Outstanding Research Award


Dr. Bulbul's research has been covered in major media outlets;

Open Positions:

  • Ph.D. position on developing machine learning methods for cosmology with multi-wavelength surveys
  • Postdoc Positions in Observational Cosmology, please contact Esra Bulbul at ebulbul@mpe.mpg.de

Administrative Appointments:

  • Chair, eROSITA Clusters and Cosmology Group, 2019 - Present
  • Head, MPE Clusters and Cosmology Group, 2019 - Present
  • Co-chair, Athena Physics Beyond the Standard Model Topical Panel, 2020 - Present
  • Co-chair, NASA Athena Science Study Team, 2019
  • NASA Representative, Athena XIFU Science Advisory Team, 2016 - 2019

Collaboration Memberships:

eROSITA, BabyIAXO, Arcus X-ray Mission, Athena X-ray Observatory, AXIS X-ray Satellite, Hitomi X-ray Observatory, Rubin Observatory, SDSS-V, 4MOST Spectroscopic Telescope, South Pole Telescope

Current Group Members:

Dr. Vittorio Ghirardini, postdoc (2019 - present)

Dr. Ang Liu, postdoc (2020 - present)

Dr. Xiaoyuan Zhang, postdoc (2022 - present)

Dr. Emmanuel Artis, postdoc (2022 - present)

Dr. Matthias Kluge, postdoc (2022- present)

Dr. Nicola Malavasi, postdoc, Marrie Currie Fellow (2023-)

Emre Bahar, Ph.D. Student (2020 - present)

Silas Zelmer, Ph.D. Student (2023 - present)

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