Prof Bridle obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2000 and was appointed as a Lecturer at University College London in 2004, after postdoctoral research in Toulouse, France and as a research fellow at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
She moved to take up a position as Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Manchester in January 2013.
She has been awarded a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, the Royal Astronomical Society’s Fowler Award for Astronomy and European Research Council Starting and Consolidator Grants.
She is author of over 70 refereed publications which have over 3500 citations.
Her research focusses mostly on understanding the cosmological model using gravitational lensing, the tiny distortions of distant galaxies induced by the bending of light by dark matter. Most of her work is focussed on trying to uncover the nature of dark energy using data from the biggest ongoing cosmological imaging survey, the Dark Energy Survey, which is imaging one eighth of the sky and measuring shapes and approximate distances to 300 million objects.
Her group led the first cosmology results from the Dark Energy Survey pre-survey data, and she is now focussed on measuring the shapes of 100 million galaxies to measure cosmology from the first main survey data.
Prof Bridle is Project Scientist of the LSST:UK consortium which enables hundreds of UK scientists to join the international LSST project, which will image the entire southern hemisphere once every 3 nights for the coming decade.
She is PI of the new STFC Food Network+ which aims to bring together astro/particle and nuclear physics skills and facilities to tackle food challenges.