Akaxia Cruz

Department of Physics, Department of Astrophysics

I am a theoretical physicist studying astrophysical probes of dark matter. In particular, I design, run, and use cosmological galaxy formation simulations and analytic methods to constrain dark matter models and derive astrophysical signatures. I am currently interested in how dark matter self-interactions can induce core-collapse in dark matter halos and alter galaxy and black hole formation and growth. I received my Ph.D. in physics from the University of Washington in 2023, where I was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow. In 2019, I held an NSF GROW Fellowship at the Paris Institute of Astrophysics. As of the fall of 2023, I am a joint Flatiron Research Fellow at the Center for Computational Astrophysics and a Future Faculty in the Physical Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow in the Princeton University Department of Physics.