"What is cosmic microwave background radiation? Did it happen after the Big Bang?" – Sreehari, aged nine, Kerala State, India
I completed my PhD in May 2020, having studied a period in the very early universe called "inflation", during which the universe expanded by a very large amount in a very short amount of time.
I now work on innovation projects at The University of Portmouth, taking techniques, knowledge and software from astronomy and astrophysics and applying them to other areas of research (often in very different disciplines). For example, I work on a project that uses telescope software to study the spread of diseases through droplets, and also to use machine learning to diagnose fractured bones.
I am also very interested in science communication. Outside of research, I run a YouTube channel (simply called Chris Pattison) that looks at a wide variety of cosmology topics and astronomy news.