Alex Drlica-Wagner is an assistant professor of astrophysics studying dark matter, dark energy, cosmology, particle astrophysics, and detector development. His research focuses on the use of astrophysical observations to understand dark matter and dark energy. These observations come, in part, from surveys such as the Dark Energy Survey (DES) and the Vera Rubin Observatory, both of which he currently works on.
Drlica-Wagner's recent work focuses on the faintest and most dark matter-dominated galaxies in our universe, which provide insights on the fundamental nature of dark matter itself. He is also a Wilson Fellow in the Astrophysics Department at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab).