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Katarina (Dida) Markovic

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Curriculum Vitae:

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Origin of the Universe


Dida studies the dark sector of the universe - dark energy and dark matter, which govern 95% of all the gravitational interactions in the universe, yet present a mystery to science. She finished her PhD at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Munich in 2013. There she worked on how we can detect if dark matter has a thermal velocity remaining from the early universe. She also briefly worked on gravitational lensing shear measurement testing for the Dark Energy Survey. She continuted on to the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation in Portsmouth, UK for a postdoc, where she got involved in the preparations for the Euclid mission. She's been working on everything from self-calibration to forecasting cosmological parameters with the spectroscopic survey. She focussed in particular on testing General Relativity with redshift-space distortions in galaxy clustering. She was awarded in the first round of Euclid STAR prizes in 2017.


  • PhD in Astrophysics at Ludwig-Maximillian University, Munich, Germany
  • Part III in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, UK
  • MSci Astrophysics at the University College London, UK

Professional Experience

2016-2019 Research Fellow at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

2014-2016 Research Associate at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation

2013-2014 Postdoctoral fellow at the Ludwig-Maximillian-University, Munich, Germany

Research Interests

  • The nature of the dark sector
  • Using redshift-space distortions in galaxy clustering to probe of gravity
  • The matter power spectrum as a probe of cosmology

Selected Awards

2017 Euclid Special Talent And Recognition (STAR) Prize

Selected Publications

  1. d’Amico et al. The cosmological analysis of the SDSS/BOSS data from the Effective Field Theory of Large-Scale Structure, 2020, JCAP, arXiv:1909.05271.
  2. Bose, Pourtsidou, Markovic, Beutler. Assessing non-linear models for galaxy clustering - II. Model validation and forecasts for Stage IV surveys. 2020, MNRAS, arXiv:1905.05122.
  3. Euclid Collaboration. Euclid preparation. VII. Forecast validation for Euclid cosmological probes. 2020, A&A, arXiv:1910.09273
  4. Thomas, Kopp, and Markovic. Using large scale structure data and a halo model to constrain Generalised Dark Matter.   2019, MNRAS, arXiv:1905.02739
  5. Markovic, et al. Assessing non-linear models for galaxy clustering I: unbiased growth forecasts from multipole expansion. 2019, OJA, arXiv:1904.11448
  6. Markovic, et al. Large-scale retrospective relative spectrophotometric self-calibration in space. 2017, MNRAS, arXiv:1606.07061.
  7. Markovic & Viel. Lyα Forest and Cosmic Weak Lensing in a Warm Dark Matter Universe. 2014,  Review in PASA, arXiv:1311.5223.
  8. Viel, Markovic, Baldi & Weller. The Non-Linear Matter Power Spectrum in Warm Dark Matter Cosmologies. 2012, MNRAS, arXiv:1107.4094.
  9. Smith & Markovic. Testing the Warm Dark Matter Paradigm with Large-Scale Structures. 2011, PRD, arXiv:1103.2134.
  10. Markovic, Bridle, Slosar & Weller. Constraining Warm Dark Matter with Cosmic Shear Power Spectra. 2011, JCAP, arXiv:1009.0218.