Ofer Lahav is Perren Chair of Astronomy at University College London (UCL). His research area is observational Cosmology, in particular probing and characterising Dark Matter and Dark Energy. His works involves advanced statistical methods.
Professor Lahav leads the UK consortium of the Dark Energy Survey (DES), and for many years he co-chaired the international DES Science Committee. He also holds leadership roles in the next-generation projects, e.g. Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) and Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). He is the Principal Investigator of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant on "Testing the Dark Energy Paradigm”.
He studied at Tel-Aviv University (BSc, 1980), at Ben-Gurion University (MSc, 1985) and earned his Ph.D. (1988) from the University of Cambridge, where he was later a Member of Staff at the Institute of Astronomy (1990-2003) and a Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge. At UCL he served as the Head of Astrophysics (2004-2011), establishing Cosmology as a research area, as Vice-Dean (for Research) of the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (2011-2015), and as Vice-President of the Royal Astronomical Society (2010-2012). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP) and a Member of the International Astronomical Union.
He is also committed to enhancing public outreach and impact on society, for example he has initiated a scheme of artists in residence at UCL.