CUWiP 2016, Oxford, UK
Daniela Bortoletto
Daniela Bortoletto
Daniela Bortoletto is a professor of experimental particle physics who uses powerful accelerators for exploring the energy frontier and investigating the most fundamental constituents of the Universe. She is a co-discoverer of the Higgs boson and the top quark. She is currently studying the properties of the Higgs boson and searching for new physics at the LHC. In addition she plays an important role in the development of instrumentation for particle detection. Daniela was the E. M. Purcell distinguished Professor of Physics at Purdue University before joining the University of Oxford in 2013. She has received numerous awards including an U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the author of over 700 physics papers. Daniela is a sought-after lecturer and advisor about particle physics. She has been a member of the U.S. Particle Physics Projects Prioritization Panel (P5), the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) to the U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE) and NSF, and the Mathematical and Physical Science Advisory Committee (MPSAC) to the NSF. She is currently the Chair of the Fermilab Program Advisory Committee. Daniela is passionate about gender issues in physics and increasing female participation in physics and other sciences.


Androula Alekou
Androula Alekou
Hi everyone! My name is Andri (or Androula) and I'm a post-doc in Accelerator Physics working on the upgrade of the Diamond Light Source, which is located at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL). Before coming to Oxford I was a CERN Fellow for 2 years, working on the design of a future accelerator. I obtained my PhD at Imperial College London in a field between Particle and Accelerator physics. As a final year undergraduate at the University of Cyprus I chose to focus on Particle Physics and went to Fermilab, where I analysed data from the CDF detector. Outside work, I like being involved in many activities; for example in Switzerland, I was a kung-fu instructor, enjoyed boxing, horse riding, playing football and skiing. Aside from sports I relax by painting and playing the guitar. I hope you will really enjoy the conference!

Kathryn Boast

Kathryn Boast
Kathryn is a DPhil student working on LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ), a direct dark matter detection experiment. Currently in her third year, she was also in Oxford for her undergraduate studies reading Physics and Philosophy. Finding terrestrial signs of dark matter would revolutionise our picture of the universe and confirm answers to some of the most important questions in physics today, so LZ is a thrilling experiment to be part of. When she isn't in the lab, Kathryn loves explaining physics to anyone who will listen - she talks at outreach days and science festivals on behalf of the department and enjoys working with the university science magazine, Bang!, as well as writing a physics blog and podcasting when she gets the chance!

Talitha Bromwich
Talitha Bromwich
I am a 2nd year DPhil student at the John Adams Institute For Accelerator Science at Oxford. I design beam-based feedback systems for the next generation of high-energy linear colliders. I conduct my research here in Oxford, and also at the KEK Accelerator Test Facility in Japan, so I get to travel quite a bit, which is really fun. Originally from Brighton, I completed my MPhys in physics at the University of Sussex, where my research focused on developing technologies for dark matter particle direct-detection. I spend most of my spare time either with my head in a book, outside exploring the countryside, or creating weird arty designs and sculptures.

Sue Geddes
Sue Geddes

Roxanne Guenette

Roxanne Guenette
I am an Ernest Rutherford Fellow working in neutrino physics at Oxford University. I am an experimentalist, building Liquid Argon detectors to study neutrino properties like oscillation and interaction. We recently turned on our brand new detector in the MicroBooNE experiment to study neutrino anomalies. I am also involved in a future ambitious project, the DUNE experiment, which will construct a very large-scale Liquid Argon detector to study some of the remaining puzzles of neutrino physics. This experiment could explain at last why there is an asymmetry between matter and anti-matter in the Universe. I got my PhD in astroparticle physics at McGill University in Montreal and moved to Yale University for my first postdoc to work on neutrinos. I also play basketball and race cars at my family's track.

Judith Hillier
Judith Hillier
Judith Hillier is an associate professor in science education (physics) at Oxford University Department of Education. After completing her PhD in condensed matter physics from the University of Leeds and the Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, she studied on the Oxford PGCE Internship scheme and then taught for several years in an Oxfordshire comprehensive school, becoming Key Stage 3 Co-ordinator. She teaches on the PGCE course and the Masters in Learning and Teaching course, and runs the Teaching Physics in Schools option for 2nd year Physics undergraduates. She is also a founding member of the Oxfordshire Schools Physics Partnership, sponsored by the Ogden Trust (see Physics Education 48(3) 271-273).

Research

    Her current research interests include:
  • Factors influencing the recruitment and retention of physics teachers in the teaching profession
  • Knowledge and professional practice of pre-service physics teachers
  • Explanations in science education
  • Pedagogical practices in physics education

As a physicist turned physics educator and educational researcher, she is deeply interested in building research-informed networks and collaborations across the different parts of the education sector, and between the education and science communities

Franziska Kirschner
Franziska Kirschner
Hi! I’m Fran, a 1st year DPhil student in Condensed Matter Physics, working with Prof Stephen Blundell. In my research, I run computer simulations of superconductors and other novel types of magnet. Soon I will start testing my predictions at the ISIS experiment in the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory — it’s exciting stuff! In my spare time, I love cooking and trying new foods, and I’ve recently started wine tasting too. I also love giving popular science talks, especially now that my work with superconductors has applications in levitating trains!
Sophie Koudmani
Sophie Koudmani
I am a third year Physics undergraduate at New College, Oxford. I particularly enjoy the more mathematical side of the course as well as computing. Originally from Germany, I got interested in Physics after having attended an open day at the German Electron Synchrotron (DESY). Outside of Physics, I play the trombone in the College Jazz Band and Orchestra. In 2015, I attended the first “Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference”. Hearing about the speakers' fascinating career paths, socialising with other female undergraduates from all over the UK and getting career advice from women in all career stages made this conference a great experience! Having benefited so much from these three days, I am really glad to be able to help with CUWiP 2016!

Jillian Lam
Jillian Lam
Jillian Lam is a 4th year Physics Undergraduate at Christ Church, Oxford, specialising in Astrophysics and Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans. She is currently working on her MPhys project in Astrophysics related to galaxy evolution. Last summer she did a project on the build up of the ‘red sequence’ of passive galaxies in clusters at Oxford and enjoyed it very much so she would love to continue doing research in Astrophysics in the future. Outside physics, she likes swimming, jogging and watching movies.
Yuting Lu
Yuting Lu
Hello! I am a third year undergraduate at Jesus College. I am glad to participate in organising a Physics conference for females. I believe that it will be a great chance to meet people with great thoughts and ideas, and a good chance to learn from successful female scientists about their experience. Apart from Physics I enjoy singing, guitar and sports!
Merritt Moore
Merritt Moore
I’m a 4th year DPhil student in Atomic and Laser Physics in Prof. Ian Walmsley’s Ultrafast Quantum Optics group. I work on single photon sources and explore multi-photon states for quantum information experiments. I studied physics at Harvard, where I had my first experience in research (in condensed matter systems). I dance professionally in my free time, in the past with Zurich, Boston and English National Ballet.
Diana di Paolo
Diana di Paolo
CCiao! I am a 3rd year DPhil student in biophysics at the Life Sciences Interface Doctoral Training Centre and St. Cross College, Oxford. My research focuses on dynamics and protein exchange in the bacterial flagellar motor of Escherichia coli combining single-molecule fluorescence techniques, electroporation of fluorescent dye-labelled proteins and super-resolution microscopy. Out of the lab, my interests include dancing, attending the events of the societies that I am member of, and travelling
Aprajita Verma
Aprajita Verma
I'm a research fellow and Deputy Project Scientist for the UK E-ELT programme working in the sub-department of Astrophysics. I got my BSc and PhD at Imperial College London, followed by a short post-doc, and then moved to the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany. My research is based on understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies. In particular, my work focusses on determining the properties of star-forming and black hole hosting galaxies and the role of dust and metallicity in their evolution. I am very interested in outreach and am co-PI of the Citizen Science Project Space Warps (spacewarps.org), a search for gravitational lenses.

Grzegorz Agacinski
Grzegorz Agacinski
I am a Web Developer, part of the Web team in IT Support at the Department of Physics, University of Oxford. Main responsibilities: users and web applications/infrastructure support.