Find out more about the particle physicists and astronomers in our community!
Mark is a PhD student at Sussex working on the SNO+ experiment. Part of his research involves the study of supernova neutrinos. Which are almost invisible particles produced during the final moments of a massive star as it explodes. Neutrinos associated with a supernova have only once been previously observed, in 1987.
Dan is a PhD student at Sussex working on the ATLAS experiment studying Jets and the Higgs Boson. He is currently based in Geneva, the home of CERN. As well as physics he loves cooking, stout and history.
Prof Jeff Hartnell
Jeff is a Professor of Physics and loves neutrinos. He heads the long-baseline neutrino oscillation group at Sussex, working on the NOvA and DUNE experiments.
Dr Simon Peeters
Simon loves aikido, cheese and neutrinos. Simon is the head of the Experimental Particle Physics group and works on building challenging new experiments to understand better what the universe is made of.
Dr Kate Shaw
Kate loves travelling the world and meeting people, swimming in the sea, and reading books. She is a lecturer at the University of Sussex researching experimental particle physics with the ATLAS experiment at CERN.
Dr Kerim Suruliz
Kerim is a researcher on the ATLAS experiment whose work focuses on searching for new physics and studying the properties of the heaviest known elementary particle – the top quark. In his spare time, he enjoys art, nature and reading books.
Azizah is an Astronomy PhD student studying the epoch of reionization using numerical simulations. She enjoys gardening and dancing.
Dr Alessandro Cerri
Alex looks for surprises against predictions in Large Hadron Collider data; he also plays with particle detectors and teaches creative electronic devices how to crunch huge amounts of data.
Fabio is a PhD student at the University of Sussex, currently searching for extremely rare particle physics phenomena in the data collected by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He likes skateboarding, pizza, and cold beer.
Dr Yusufu Shehu
Suf loves challenging himself, whether it’s in research or picking up heavy things off the floor. He is using his know-how from his PhD in particle physics on the Large Hadron Collider to create a data science start-up, focusing on image and video analytics.
Mario, born and grown in Sicily, is a PhD student on ATLAS, and he hopes to find some new physics. In the meantime, he helps his mood with a couple of pints of beer…
Piccolo “little” Mario is a PhD student working on the ATLAS experiment, looking for supersymmetric particles from the proton to proton collisions produced at the Large Hadron Collider. In the meantime, he might join the other Mario for a pint.
Giuseppe is about to complete his PhD at Sussex, looking for new exotic particles at the Large Hadron Collider while enjoying pubs and pizza restaurants in Brighton.
Dr Carlos Chavez Barajas
Carlos likes food and beer (Mexican, Indian, and even British) and a little physics too. He is a researcher at the University of Sussex working on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.
Dr Stephen Wilkins
Stephen loves being outside, especially with his kids. He is a senior lecturer and public engagement fellow at the University, and he uses space telescope and computer simulations to try and understand how the first galaxies form and evolve. He is looking forward to the launch of the successor to Hubble, the Webb Telescope in 2020.
Sam is a homegrown physicist from the mean streets of Hastings, Sussex. He loves super hot chillies, ice cold beer and searching for SUSY.
As well as her day job as Head of School’s Co-ordinator, Dorothy is a maker of lots of crafty things – stained glass, mosaics and knitting. She created the pattern and knitted the bendy buses for this project (she also makes Clangers!). On behalf of the Physics & Astronomy department at Sussex, she knitted a display of neutralinos, reversible neutralinos and supersymmetry models for the Royal Society Summer Exhibition 2014. She is a great admirer of the Victoria Baths, Manchester, glorious Gothic Victorian architecture, the Arts & Crafts movement and follies.
Dr Clark Griffith
Clark is a lecturer at the University of Sussex, and he searches for evidence of time reversal symmetry violation using atoms, neutrons, and neutrinos. When not busy with this he enjoys playing the violin, still ciders, and travel.
Emma is a PhD student at the ATLAS experiment studying the Higgs boson interaction with the Top quark. She loves travelling to unknown places, trying new food, getting lost in books, and wandering around colourful Brighton.
Dr Fabrizio Salvatore
Big Fab (so named due to being the most senior of the three Fabrizios in the department!) is a Reader in Physics at the University of Sussex. His main interests are in searches for physics Beyond the Standard Model at the ATLAS experiment and the performance of the ATLAS trigger software at the Large Hadron Collider. He is also interested in Research & Development for new particle detectors to be used at future colliders. You can find more about Fabrizio here .
Dr Cassandra Churchwell
Cassie is the Technical Services Manager – She manages all of the technicians who help to make research and teaching run smoothly in the department. She is also in charge of health and safety, manages and maintains the building and a lot of the specialist equipment and activities, such as providing liquid nitrogen, compressed gases, shipping, purchasing, and computing. In her spare time Cassie does aerials, sings in a choir and plays the violin.
Dr James Waterfield
James is an RSE Enterprise Fellow working on a spin-out company Pulser Optics, using technology developed on the SNO+ experiment, on which he completed his PhD at the University of Sussex in 2016. What is James’ favourite quark? Top.
Michaela is a PhD student working on testing theories of gravity alternative to Einstein's.
Annie is a PhD student in the University of Sussex Materials Physics Group, looking for links between the behaviour of cancer cells and the material they are grown on. This could allow better control over the cells and lead to the development of new cancer therapies. She is one of the 'A-team' responsible for developing the Science On Buses App and webpages.
Dr Iacopo Vivarelli
Iacopo loves fish, Indian food and exotic physics. He is a reader at the University of Sussex, and he uses the Large Hadron Collider data to search new phenomena in particle physics.
Dr Lily Asquith
Lily is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow working on the ATLAS experiment. She has been based at Sussex since 2014, where she teaches Classical Mechanics to first year undergraduates. She is currently a Policy Fellow, spending three days a week in Whitehall. In her spare time she likes coding and going to the pub, sometimes simultaneously. She is the Great Leader of the Science On Buses project.
Andrew is a PhD student in the field of cosmology, specifically the study of Primordial Black Holes, a potential dark matter candidate. He is one of the 'A-team' responsible for developing the Science On Buses App and webpages.
Ioannis is a PhD student, trying to expose the properties of the particles in the ATLAS experiment at CERN, while playing the worlds fastest Bingo game.
Fabrizio, a.k.a. mini Fab or Frodo, is a made-in-Sicily physicist who loves travelling and discovering the quirkiness of people across the globe. During his PhD in the experimental particle physics group at the University of Sussex he searched for the stop, a supersymmetric particle whose existence could answer some of the still unanswered questions of the Standard Model, and he monitored the performance of the ATLAS Inner Detector Trigger. More info on his Sussex webpage or his personal website.
Iker de Icaza
Iker is a PhD student working on the photon collection systems for the neutrino experiments SBND and DUNE, both based in USA. We are developing new technologies to measure with outstanding precision very rare phenomena. He likes long cycling rides, swimming and mountaineering.
Prof Kathy Romer
Kathy is a Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Sussex and director of the Sussex Astronomy Centre. She is using telescopes around the world (and in space) to improve understanding of Dark Energy. Her Sussex webpage is here.
Dr Darren Baskill
Das used to do research into X-ray astronomy, looking at the hottest and most violent places in the Universe. Now he manages the Physics, Astronomy and Maths outreach programmes at the University of Sussex, organising over 140 events each year for local school and college students, as well as the general public. Read more at his personal webpage.
Prof Antonella De Santo
Antonella became the first ever female Professor of Physics at the University of Sussex in 2013. She founded and leads the Sussex team working on the ATLAS experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, where the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012. Using ATLAS data, Antonella is making world-leading contributions to the search for new physics beyond the Standard Model, with current focus on the search for supersymmetry in proton-proton collisions where leptons are produced. Prior to her work on ATLAS, for about a decade she had been making leading contributions to the study of neutrino oscillations, around the time when this intriguing phenomenon was first observed unequivocally. You can find more information about Antonella here.
Little Alex (named to distinguish himself from the more senior ‘Big Alex’) is a year two physics undergraduate student and part of the A-Team that worked on the Science On Buses app and website (that you’re on now!) His main interests currently are in cosmology and particle physics.
Ridwan is a PhD student researching the clustering of galaxy groups using data from the GAMA survey. Wherever you find galaxy groups and clusters, which are made up of ordinary matter like you and I, you’ll also find dark matter – something we currently can’t observe directly. By statistically measuring how matter is distributed across the universe, we can find out about the distribution of dark matter across it, too. This in turn helps us determine the properties and conditions of the physical universe itself! If you want to find out more about Ridwan, you can visit his website.