Vera Gluscevic

Gabilan Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Vera Gluscevic
Pronouns She / Her / Hers Email Office Phone (213) 7400897 x0897

Center, Institute & Lab Affiliations

  • 2016-present: CMB-S4 Collaboration, founding member, Executive Committee (2018-2020), Membership Committee (2022-present)
  • 2016-present: Simons Observatory Collaboration, founding member, likelihood and theory working group lead (2018-2020)
  • 2016-present: The Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) Collaboration, member
  • 2018-2019: Princeton University Department of Physics, Visiting Research Associate
  • 2023-present: Caltech Astrophysics Theory, Visiting Associate



Vera received her B.Sc. from University of Belgrade (Serbia) in 2007, and her Ph.D. from Caltech in 2013. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, she moved to Princeton University as a Visiting Research Associate in Physics in 2018. In 2019, she joined USC as Gabilan Assistant professor of Physics and Astronomy. Vera is one of the founding members of two large international collaborations, CMB-S4 and the Simons Observatory, where she served on the Executive Committee and as a lead of Likelihood and Theory working groups, respectively, in both instances helping scinence definition of these programs and leading their dark matter science groups. In 2022, Vera received USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty Award and in 2023, she was named a Cottrell Scholar by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Her research is supported by NSF and NASA through astroparticle/cosmology and astrophysics theory programs.

  • Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Appointments

    • Visiting Research Scholar, Princeton University, Department of Physics, Princeton, NJ, 2018-2019

    PostDoctoral Appointments

    • Postdoctoral member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, 2013 – 2018

    Visiting and Temporary Appointments

    • Visiting Associate in Theoretical Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, Fall Fall
    • Visiting Research Scholar, Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena, CA,
  • Summary Statement of Research Interests

    As a cosmologist, Professor Gluscevic studies the entire Universe as a physical system. In particular, she combines the tools of theoretical astroparticle physics and astronomical data analysis, to probe dark matter, dark energy, and the processes that shaped the Universe before the time of the first stars. Her research involves coming up with new ways of using observations spanning the entire cosmic history, from the cosmic microwave background radiation to small galaxies in orbit around the Milky Way, in pursuit for understanding the fundamental fabric of nature.

    Research Keywords

    cosmology, astroparticle physics, dark matter, dark energy, galaxy formation and evolution, cosmological simulations, probabilistic inference in physics.

    • (Spring 2020) ASTR 424. Cosmology, MW 08:30am – 09:50am, GFS223
    • (Spring 2021) ASTR 100. The Universe, TTh 12:00pm – 01:50pm,
    • (Fall 2021) ASTR 100. The Universe, MW 02:00pm – 03:50pm, ONLINE
    • (Spring 2022) ASTR 100. The Universe, TTh 12:00pm – 01:50pm, ONLINE
    • (Fall 2022) ASTR 540. Advanced Cosmology, TTh 12:00pm – 01:50pm,
    • (Fall 2023) PHYS 190. Physics Discovery Series, W 12:00pm – 01:50pm, THH208
    • NIH/NSF Career Development Award, CAREER Award, National Science Foundation, 2023-2028
    • Cottrell Scholar Award, 2022-2023
    • USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, , 2022-2023