Role: Second year PhD student, Department of Physics at Imperial 

Subject area: Astrophysics

Nationality: British

I am a second-year PhD student from the UK. I am part of the Astrophysics group in the Department of Physics and my research is broadly on extragalactic studies.



GCSE (or equivalent): Maths, Statistics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English Language, English Literature, History, French, Art Textiles, Religious Education. External GCSE in Hinduism

A-level (or equivalent): Physics, Maths, History and AS in Biology

• MSci in Astrophysics, Queen Mary University
• PhD in Physics (ongoing), Imperial College London

Detail about Ayushi


My research

My research is on dusty star-forming galaxies which are believed to be very luminous and forming lots of stars but are obscured by dust surrounding them. Currently I am working with a sample of these galaxies to determine whether they are in the local Universe (at low redshifts) or are much further away (at higher redshifts). Studying and understanding these galaxies will help us probe the mechanisms that occurred during the early Universe and how it affects galaxy formation and evolution.

My inspiration

My inspiration

I was in high school when we got to the space section of the syllabus in Physics, I started to really enjoy learning about it and found it very fascinating. It was only then that I found out about astrophysics as a future study and career path and from then on, I was determined to go down this path.

My STEM hero

Who is your STEM hero?

Ada Lovelace – often regarded as the first computer programmer. She is an inspiration for seeing the potential of the Analytical Engine and her contribution acted as a foundation leading to the various computer programming languages we have today, especially since it is something I use daily.

galaxy image

Most significant discovery/invention?

Charge-coupled Device (CCD) – it breaks down the elements of an image into pixels and each pixel is converted into an electrical charge which is related to the intensity of light captured by the pixel. It made digital photography possible and is a huge contribution to imaging in astronomy.

NASA's Perseverance Rover

Career options after study

  • Academia 
  • Researcher as part of a space mission
  • Data scientist
  • Science communicator
Hands at keyboard

My hobbies

I love to read. My favourite genres are crime fiction and fantasy. I love listening to music and discovering new genres and I also play the piano and have been learning (and still am) for more than 10 years.