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Oliver Friedrich grew up in Berlin, Germany, and throughout his undergraduate studies also lived in Heidelberg and Munich. He obtained his PhD from Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich and now researches as a Newton-Kavli Junior Research Fellow at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology.
The matter in the universe is not homogeneously distributed but instead organised within a web of highly over dense regions such as galaxy clusters and filaments of galaxies. These are surrounded by huge under dense regions - the so called cosmic voids.
Dr Friedrich develops new statistical tools to characterise this web of cosmic structures and to connect fundamental theories of cosmology with observational data. In particular he wants to find out: How far can we push our analytic understanding of cosmic structure formation? How do we accurately handle systematic errors in simulations and/or analytic models of the cosmos? And ultimately, can we find imprints the quantum nature of spacetime in todays large scale structure of the Universe.