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Dr. Esra Bulbul

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Principle Invetigator

Group Leader



+49 89 30000-3502


Gießenbachstraße 1,

85748 Garching bei München

Brief Bio:

Dr. Esra Bulbul is the lead scientist for eROSITA cluster science and cosmology. She holds a group leader position at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. She received her Ph.D. in physics from the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. She has held a staff scientist position at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian (CfA) and postdoctoral fellowships at CfA, MIT, and NASA Goddard Space Flight Center prior to her arrival at MPE. 


Dr. Bulbul's research interests are focused on understanding the growth of structure and the fundamental physics of the universe, including the nature of dark matter and dark energy, by utilizing observations of clusters of galaxies detected in large area multi-wavelength surveys. Dr. Bulbul was recently awarded the European Research Council's Consolidator Grant in 2020 for the project "DarkQuest: Shedding Light on the Nature of Dark Matter and Dark Energy with Multi-wavelength All-Sky Surveys". The ERC Consolidator Grants are awarded to outstanding researchers in Europe with a significant track record and have a succes rate of ~10%

Research Interests:

  • Large Area Multi-wavelength Surveys

  • Cosmology

  • Large Scale Structure

  • Galaxy Groups and Clusters

  • Indirect Searches for Dark Matter

Administrative Appointments:

  • Chair, eROSITA Clusters and Cosmology Group, 2019 - Present

  • Lead, MPE Clusters and Cosmology Group, 2019 - Present

  • Co-chair, Athena Physics Beyond the Standard Model Topical Panel, 2020 - Present

  • Co-chair, NASA Athena Science Study Team, 2019

  • NASA Representative, Athena XIFU Science Advisory Team, 2016 - 2019


Collaboration Memberships:

eROSITA, BabyIAXO, Arcus X-ray Mission, Athena X-ray Observatory, AXIS X-ray Satellite, Hitomi X-ray Observatory, Rubin Observatory, SDSS-V, 4MOST Spectroscopic Telescope, South Pole Telescope, Euclid Consortium


Awards and Grants:

  • 2020, European Research Council Consolidator Award, 2M Euros Research Funding

  • 2013-2020, PI of NASA ADAP, Chandra, XMM-Newton Awards, >1M Dollars in Research Funding

  • 2018, American Physical Society, Top Ten Research Highlight of the Decade, Research Highlight of 2014

  • 2014, American Physical Society, One of the Top Ten Research Highlights of 2014

  • 2010, Univ. Alabama in Huntsville, Outstanding Research Award


Dr. Bulbul's research has been covered in major media outlets;

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