Institute of Astronomy

Dr Manda Banerji


My research focuses on using wide-field photometric and spectroscopic surveys at optical and infrared wavelengths to understand galaxy and supermassive black-hole evolution. The vast discovery space opened up by these surveys can be used to find interesting populations of galaxies and accreting black holes in the distant Universe. I also make use of multi-wavelength follow-up facilities from X-ray to sub-mm wavelengths (e.g. XMM-Newton, Herschel, SCUBA-2, ALMA) to understand the physical processes such as accretion, star formation and gas flows that govern the formation and evolution of galaxies.

Research Interests:

  • Galaxy evolution
  • Co-evolution of galaxies and supermassive black holes
  • AGN, Quasars
  • The High-Redshift Universe
  • Accretion & Outflows
  • Multi-wavelength Surveys

Current Survey Project Involvement:

  • Vera Rubin Observatory Legacy Survey of Space Time (LSST)
  • ESO VISTA Public Surveys
    • PI of VISTA Extragalactic Infrared Legacy Survey (VEILS) - allocated ~1300 hours on the VISTA telescope between 2017-2020
    • Member of VHS, VIKING and VIDEO surveys
  • Dark Energy Survey
    • Builder Status; Galaxy Evolution & Quasar Working Group Co-Chair (2014-2018)
  • 4MOST Spectroscopic Survey
    • Member of GTO Survey S6 (AGN) Team
  • VLT-MOONS Spectroscopic Survey
    • Member of Extragalactic GTO Survey Team



July 2020 - : Associate Professor, University of Southampton

Jan 2018 - : Royal Society University Research Fellow

Jan 2016 - Dec 2017: STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow

Oct 2014 - Dec 2015: Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge

Oct 2012 - Sept 2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College London

Oct 2009 - Sept 2012: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge


2006 - 2009: PhD in Astrophysics, University College London

2002 - 2005: 1st Class M.A. (Cantab), Natural Sciences (Physics), University of Cambridge

Awards and Prizes

Royal Society University Research Fellowship (2017)

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (2015)

UCL Jon Darius Prize for Outstanding Postgraduate Research (2009)

Runner-up, Institute of Physics Very Early Career Women in Physics Competiton (2009)

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