MIT Kavli Institute Directory

Matthew Bayliss

Postdoctoral Associate Postdoctoral Scholar

Matthew received his B.S. in Physics (minor in Mathematics) from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2003, and his M.S. and PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics from the University of Chicago in 2007 and 2011, respectively. He moved on to serve as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics at Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics from 2011-2015, and then as a Faculty Fellow at Colby College from 2015-2016. He joined the MKI in August 2016 to work with Michael McDonald.

Research interests: 

My research interests are fairly broad, with individual areas of interest briefly summarized below

  • gravitational lensing
  • observational cosmology
  • giant arc statistics
  • UV, optical, and NIR spectroscopy
  • galaxy cluster astrophysics
  • star formation, massive stars and the properties of the interstellar medium at high redshift

South Pole Telescope Spectroscopic Follow-up Program
I was previously responsible for running an NOAO survey program 11A-0038 (PI: Stubbs), which used Gemini/GMOS-South to acquire extensive optical spectroscopy of a large sample of South Pole Telescope galaxy clusters. Observations were conducted between 2011-2015, and the reduced data products have been released (link: in conjunction with a journal article describing the program (Bayliss et al. 2016).

Magellan (MagIC, FIRE), Magellan (IMACS, LDSS3, FIRE, MagE, Fourstar

Honors and awards: 

HST-GO-13639.01 ($59k)

Graduate Fellowship from the Illinois Space Grant Consortium (2010)