Astrophysicist, the Ohio State University
Chief Scientist, COSI Science Center

Research Themes

Cosmic voids as novel probes of cosmology
Bayesian analysis of the cosmic dawn
Non-Gaussianities in the CMB with Planck
Advanced computational methods
MHD simulations of magnetic outflows


Ph.D. Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011 [Dissertation]
B.S. Physics, California Polytechnic State University, 2005 (Summa Cum Laude)
Computer Science, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 2002

Professional Experience

Cosmological Researcher and Community Outreach Coordinator
Department of Astronomy, Ohio State University
Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics, Ohio State University

Chief Scientist
COSI Science Center

INFN Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Physics 
INAF Astronomical Observatory of Trieste (OATS)

Visiting Scholar 
Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics, Ohio State University

lllinois-Paris Postdoctoral Fellow in Next-Generation Cosmic Probes 
Paris Institute of Astrophysics (IAP) & University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Visiting Postdoctoral Scholar 
Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics, Ohio State University



2016-- OSU STEP Faculty Advisor
2015-- Referee, ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge
2015 Chair, Organizing Committee, workshop on "Blind challenges in EoR analysis"
2014 Chair, Organizing Committee, workshop on "Cosmic voids in the Next Generation"
2013 Chair, Organizing Committee, workshop on "Innovative Techniques in 21cm Analysis"
2013-- Referee, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
2012-- Curator, Public Cosmic Void Catalog (
2012-- DOE CSGF Selection Committee
2012 Summer Postdoc Seminar Series Coordinator, OSU CCAPP
2012 Organizer, "2nd Annual Workshop on Radio Interferometer Systematics"
2011-- Referee, The Astrophysical Journal
2007-2011 Physics Tutor, Office of Minority Student Affairs, Univ. of Illinois
2007-2008 Physics Graduate Student Association Colloquium Coordinator, Univ. of Illinois
2006 Physics Teaching Assistant Mentor, Univ. of Illinois
2003-2005  Manager, Cal Poly Observatory


Recent Publications

Lentati, L., Sims, P., Carilli, C., Hobson, M., and Sutter, P.M., “Bayesian power spectrum estimation at the Epoch of Reionization” MNRAS [pdf]

Pisani, A., Sutter, P.M., and Wandelt, B.D. “Mastering the effects of peculiar velocities in voids” MNRAS [pdf]

Chantavat, T., Sawangwit, U., Sutter, P.M., and Wandelt, B.D. "Cosmological parameter constraints from CMB lensing with cosmic voids" Astrophys. J. [pdf]

Skillman, S., Warren, M.S., Turk, M., Wechsler, R., Holz, D., and Sutter, P.M. "Dark Sky Simulations: early data release" Computational Science & Discovery [pdf]

Hamaus, N., Pisani, A., Sutter, P.M., Lavaux, G., Escoffier, S., Wandelt, B.D., and Weller, J. “Constraints on cosmology and gravity from the dynamics of  voids” Phys. Rev. Lett. 117, 091302 (2016) [pdf]

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Selected Talks

Past the power spectrum at the cosmic dawn, Physical Cosmology Seminar, University Observatory, Munich

From data to theory at the cosmic dawn, Colloquium, SKA South Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

Accessing the universe through cosmic voids, Physics Seminar, New York University, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Answers from the void, IAU Symposium 308 The Zeldovich Universe, Tallinn, Estonia

Probabilistic image reconstruction with radio interferometers, Astronomy Seminar, Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, Bonn, Germany

Cosmic voids as cosmological laboratories, Astronomy & Cosmology Seminar, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Advising & Mentoring

2015-Present Advisor, Anna Voelker (OSU Undergraduate)
2015-Present Advisor, Ridhima Nunhokee (Rhodes University Graduate Student, with Gianni Bernardi)
2015-2016 Advisor, Grace Calhoun (OSU Undergraduate)
2014-2015 Advisor, Elena Massara (SISSA Graduate Student, with Matteo Viel and Ravi Sheth)
2014-2015 Advisor, Paul Zivick (OSU Summer Undergraduate Research Program)
2014-2016 Advisor, Yin Lin (UCSB Undergraduate Student, with Peng Oh)
2012-2014 Mentor, Alice Pisani (IAP Graduate Student, with Benjamin Wandelt)


Fall 2016 ASC 1138 You are Here: Our Place in the Universe, Ohio State University
Spring 2007 Physics 140 How Things Work, University of Illinois
Spring 2007 Astro 350 Introduction to Cosmology, University of Illinois
Fall 2006 Physics 212 Electricity and Magnetism, University of Illinois
Spring 2006 Physics 213 Thermal Physics, University of Illinois
Spring 2006 Physics 214 Quantum Physics, University of Illinois
Fall 2005 Physics 212 Electricity and Magnetism, University of Illinois