Institute of Astronomy

Dr Manda Banerji


My research interests lie broadly in the fields of observational cosmology and galaxy and AGN formation and evolution. A key aim of my research is to bring together multi-wavelength data from very large "wide-field" optical and infrared digital sky surveys in order to discover new populations of luminous galaxies and quasars in the distant Universe. Using follow-up spectroscopic and photometric observations of these newly discovered systems, I then try and understand the physical processes going on within them e.g. star formation, accretion onto the supermassive black hole and feedback/outflows driven by the AGN. Currently I am actively working on new optical data from the Dark Energy Survey and infrared data from the VISTA surveys. Within the Dark Energy Survey collaboration I co-lead the Galaxy Evolution Science Working Group.

I also study galaxies and quasars at X-ray and far infra-red/submillimeter wavelengths in order to better understand both supermassive black hole accretion (investigated using X-ray data) and dust-obscured star formation (investigated using far infra-red/submillimeter data).

Finally I am also actively involved in the design and scientific optimisation of next-generation extragalactic wide-field spectroscopic surveys like 4MOST. In particular, I am working on target selection strategies for both high redshift galaxies and AGN for these upcoming spectroscopy experiments.

Selected papers

Cold dust emission from X-ray AGN in the SCUBA-2 Cosmology Legacy Survey: dependence on luminosity, obscuration and AGN activity

Heavily Reddened Type 1 Quasars at z > 2: Evidence for Significant Obscured Black Hole Growth at the Highest Quasar Luminosities: Banerji, Alaghband-Zadeh, Hewett & McMahon 2015

Combining Dark Energy Survey Science Verification Data with Near Infrared Data from the ESO VISTA Hemisphere Survey: Banerji et al. 2015:

The Spectral Energy Distribution of the z=7.1 Quasar ULASJ1120+0641: Barnett, Warren, Banerji et al. 2015

Photometric Redshift Analysis in the Dark Energy Science Verification Data: Sanchez et al. 2014

ULASJ1234+0907: The Reddest Type 1 Quasar at z=2.5 Revealed in the X-ray and Far Infrared: Banerji, Fabian & McMahon 2014:

Heavily Reddened Quasars at z~2 in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey: A Transitional Phase in AGN Evolution: Banerji et al. 2012

A Comparison of Six Photometric Redshift Methods Applied to 1.5M Luminous Red Galaxies: Abdalla, Banerji et al. 2011

PHAT: Photo-z Accuracy Testing: Hildebrandt et al. 2010

Exploring the Luminosity Evolution & Stellar Mass Assembly of 2SLAQ Luminous Red Galaxies Between Redshift 0.4 and 0.8: Banerji et al. 2010

Photometric Redshifts for the Dark Energy Survey & VISTA: Implications for Large Scale Structure: Banerji et al. 2008



2016 - : STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow, Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge

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

2012 - 2014: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University College London

2009 - 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

STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship (2016)

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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