Prateek Agrawal

Fellow & Tutor in Physics; Associate Professor in Particle Physics

I am a theoretical physicist and a Tutorial Fellow in Physics at Somerville.

I am interested in understanding the fundamental laws of nature and ways we can test them. My research revolves around open questions in fundamental physics, such as the nature of dark matter and dark energy, and explanations for the patterns in the basic building blocks of particle physics.

I grew up in India, and obtained my bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from IIT Bombay. I moved to the University of Maryland for my PhD in particle physics. I was a postdoctoral researcher at Fermilab and at Harvard before moving to Oxford.



Agrawal, P., Hook, A. & Huang, J. “A CMB Millikan experiment with cosmic axiverse strings.” J. High Energ. Phys. 2020, 138 (2020).

Prateek Agrawal, Georges Obied, Paul J. Steinhardt, Cumrun Vafa, “On the cosmological implications of the string Swampland”, Physics Letters B, Volume 784, 2018, Pages 271-276,

Prateek Agrawal, Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine, David Pinner, Lisa Randall, “Rock ‘n’ Roll Solutions to the Hubble Tension”, ArXiv 1904.01016, 2019

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