Yin-Zhe Ma

Room 376, H Block, Westville Campus
+27 (0)31 260 2777

Academic History

  • October 2021—present: Full Professor at UKZN
  • January 2018—September 2021: Associate Professor at UKZN
  • October 2015 — December 2017: Senior Lecturer at UKZN
  • September 2014 — September 2015: Research Associate at Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, Manchester
  • September 2011 — September 2014: CITA national fellow at University of British Columbia
  • October 2008 — September 2011: PhD in Astronomy, University of Cambridge
  • September 2006 — July 2008: Master in Astrophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • September 2002 — June 2006: Bachelor in Physics, Nanjing University

Research Interests

Dr. Yin-Zhe Ma’s research focusses on observational and theoretical cosmology aimed at understanding the fundamental laws of the Universe and uncovering the nature of dark energy and dark matter. In particular:

  • Radio Cosmology: 21 cm Intensity Mapping, Epoch of Reionization
  • Extragalatic Astronomy: galaxy peculiar velocity field, thermal and kinetic Sunyaev-Zel’dovich effect, dynamics of the Local Group, near-field cosmology
  • The Early Universe: the cosmic microwave background radiation, observational tests of inflation

He is currently a core member of the Square Kilometer Array (SKA) team, Hydrogen Epoch Reionization Array (HERA), MeerKAT large survey team, and Rubin Observatory (LSST), the Planck satellite science team, and 6dFGS (Six-degree-Field Galaxy Survey).