Kimmy (Wai Ling) Wu

KICP Fellow

Kimmy (Wai Ling) Wu
Eckhardt Research Center
Room 437
5640 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-6684


Ph.D., Stanford University, 2015


I am an experimental cosmologist focusing on using observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) to understand the history of the universe—from its  earliest moments through the present day. I use data from the South Pole Telescope and from the BICEP/Keck Array telescopes to look for signatures from primordial gravitational waves, to test the standard cosmological model LCDM, and to constrain new physics. I work on the design of the next-generation ground-based CMB experiment CMB-S4 so that we obtain better images of the CMB (and all the other sources in the mm-wave bands) to push the limits of our understanding of the cosmos. I am interested in effective application of machine learning tools in data analysis and am part of the DeepSkies Lab.

Having spent my grad career in the Bay Area, I got to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities. I particularly like hiking, backpacking, and skiing. On the less active side, I also enjoy delicious food and good coffee.