Imperial College London

Claudia de Rham

Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Reader in Theoretical Physics



+44 (0)20 7594 CV




506Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus





My expertise lies at the interface between particle physics, gravity and cosmology where I develop and test new models and paradigms.
Early Universe Cosmology: Probing signatures of the Early Universe be it for inflation or its alternatives.
Dark Energy: What is the source of the late–time acceleration of the Universe ?
Cosmological Constant Problem: Understanding the effect from vacuum energy of particle physics on cosmological scales.
Behaviour of Gravity: Deriving alternatives to General Relativity with an emphasize on theoretical consistency and quantum stability.
Tests of Gravity: Gravitational Waves, Lab, Solar System, Astrophysical and Cosmological signatures and tests of Gravity and screening mechanisms.
UV Completeness: Understanding the low-energy restrictions to the existence of a standard high energy completion and consequences to Cosmology and Particle Physics.

See inSpires for a list of publications

Grants and Awards:

  • 2018: Blavatnik Finalist, in Physical Sciences and Engineering for the inaugural Blavatnik Awards in the UK
  • 2017: EPFL Alumni Award
  • 2017-2021: PI on Simons Foundation Award, ‘Origins of the Universe’ program
  • 2017-2022: PI on ERC consolidator grant, for the project “Massive Gravity and Cosmology,"
  • 2016–2021: Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award
  • 2012–2013: PI on ACES Advance Opportunity Grant, for the project “Recent Developments in Massive Gravity"
  • 2010–2014: PI on Swiss National Foundation Professorship Grant, for the project “Challenging the cosmological paradigm."
  • Since 2013: Co-PI on various group grants



Amendola L, Appleby S, Avgoustidis A, et al., Cosmology and Fundamental Physics with the Euclid Satellite

Jain B, Joyce A, Thompson R, et al., Novel Probes of Gravity and Dark Energy

Rham CD, Gabadadze G, Tolley AJ, Comments on (super)luminality

Rham CD, Melville S, Tolley AJ, Improved Positivity Bounds and Massive Gravity

Rham CD, Shiromizu T, Tolley AJ, Weaker Gravity at Submillimetre Scales in Braneworld Models

More Publications