Michael Vogeley
Michael S. Vogeley
Professor of Physics
Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies

Ph.D. (Astronomy), Harvard University, 1993
A.M. (Astronomy), Harvard University, 1988
A.B. (Astrophysical Sciences), Princeton University, 1987

Phone: (215) 895-2710
Fax: (215) 895-5934
Email: vogeley@drexel.edu
Office: Disque 811
Postal address: Department of Physics, Drexel University,
3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Research Interests

Observational and theoretical cosmology, cosmic voids, galaxy formation and evolution, statistical analysis of large data sets, active galactic nuclei, time-series analysis.

More information is on the Drexel Astrophysics Group research home page.

Research Group

My research group at Drexel currently includes physics graduate students Jackeline Moreno, Rebecca Phillipson, William Watson, and undergraduates Joseph Tomlinson and James Howley. Faculty collaborators include Professors Dave Goldberg, Steve McMillan, and Gordon Richards in Physics, and Prof. Chaomei Chen in the College of Information Science and Technology.

Research Group Alumni

Kelly Douglass (Ph.D. 2017) is a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester. Crystal Moorman (Ph.D. 2015) is an Assistant Professor at Lynchburg College. Vishal Kasliwal (Ph.D. 2015) was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. He now works at Wave Computing as a software engineer on Deep Learning/AI. Undergraduate thesis student Amanda White (B.S. 2011) was a member of the scientific staff at the American Museum of Natural History and is now a Ph.D. student at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Danny Pan (Ph.D. 2011) was a postdoctoral fellow at Shanghai National Observatory and now works at Allstate. John Parejko (Ph.D. 2010) was a postdoctoral fellow at Yale working on SDSS-III and related projects and is now a research staff member at the University of Washington. Randall Rojas (Ph.D. 2004) worked at Raytheon Corporation as a Senior Multi-Disciplined Engineer (Astrophysicist) where he applied his knowledge of astrophysics and statistics to a wide variety of problems. He also completed a Ph.D. in statistics at UCLA, and is now an adjunct faculty member at UCLA.

Former Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor Fiona Hoyle is currently a Research Professor at Observatorio Astronomico Quito, where she moved after becoming a tenured faculty member at Widener University. Former Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Assistant Professor Anca Constantin is currently a tenured Associate Professor at James Madison University, where she was hired in 2009 following a postdoctoral position at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.


The following list is illustrative of my research interests, but is (and always will be) out of date. Up to date publications lists and links to the articles are available on the ADS abstract service and the astro-ph preprint archive.

Here's a really good review of cosmology, together with a long list of useful references: The Beginning and Evolution of the Universe, an invited review for PASP by Bharat Ratra and myself (Ratra, B. & Vogeley, M.S. 2008, PASP, 120, 235).

Here are some examples of my publications (see the links above for a current and complete list):

voids and void galaxies

topology and mapping of large-scale structure power spectrum and cosmological parameter estimation

Sponsored Research

My research at Drexel has been supported by more than $2M in grants from NASA, NSF, the AAS, and the John Templeton Foundation.

Courses (with links to course web pages)

Honors 301-12h Theory of Special Relativity

Honors 301-20h Cosmology: Past, Present, and Future of the Universe

Physics 115 Contemporary Physics III

Physics 131 Survey of the Universe

Physics 326 Quantum Mechanics III

Physics 327 Quantum Mechanics III

Physics 428 Quantum Mechanics III

Physics 750-509 Cosmology (Graduate)


Drexel Astrophysics Group

Department of Physics home page

Drexel University home page

Sloan Digital Sky Survey public page

Large Synoptic Survey Telescope public page page

Space Telescope Science Insitute

Last update: January 2, 2018