Current/Past Grainger Fellows

Jesse Liu

Ph.D., University of Oxford, 2019

jesse liu

Jesse received his Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Oxford, where he led searches for dark matter and supersymmetric partners of the Higgs boson in the ATLAS Collaboration. He was also responsible for radiation damage studies of the silicon strip detector. As a Grainger Fellow at Chicago, he is exploring new directions to study light turning into matter–antimatter at the Large Hadron Collider and instrumentation for axion dark matter detection experiments.

Outside physics, you can find Jesse exploring his new home of Chicago, taking pictures of food, walks in the park, as well as enjoying a good cup of tea.


Danielle Norcini

Ph.D., Yale University, 2019

danielle norcini

Danielle Norcini received her Ph.D. from the Wright Laboratory at Yale University. She helped lead the R&D and construction of the PROSPECT detector to measure neutrinos at very short distances from the High Flux Isotope Reactor in Oak Ridge, TN. Her thesis details a search for sterile neutrino oscillations and the world-leading measurement of the uranium-235 antineutrino energy spectrum. As a KICP and Grainger fellow, she is developing low-threshold detectors to search for dark matter and measure neutrino properties.

Outside the lab, you can find Danielle at home experimenting with baking ratios,& reading interior design blogs, or by the lake playing with her dog Kip.


Severine Atis

Ph.D., Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 2013

severine atis


Past Fellows

Jesse Liu

High Energy Physics, EFI
PhD University of Oxford

Danielle Norcini

Astroparticle & High Energy Physics, KICP, EFI
PhD Yale University

Severine Atis

Soft Matter Physics, JFI
PhD Université Pierre et Marie Curie

Kirit Karkare

Cosmology, KICP
PhD Harvard University

Andrew Mastbaum

High Energy Physics, EFI
PhD University of Pennsylvania
https://physics.rutgers.edu/people/faculty-list/faculty-profile/mastbaum-andrew

Ian Wisher

Astroparticle Physics, EFI, KICP
PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison

Brian DeSalvo

Atomic Physics, JFI
PhD Rice University
https://ultracold.physics.indiana.edu/profiles/briandesalvo.html

Sofia Magkiriadou

Soft Matter Physics, JFI
PhD Harvard University
https://people.epfl.ch/sofia.magkiriadou?lang=en

Ariel T. Sommer

Atomic Physics, JFI
PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology
https://sommerlab.cas.lehigh.edu/content/ariel-sommer

Tianheng Han

Condensed Matter Physics, JFI
PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Matthew Wetstein

High Energy Physics, EFI
PhD University of Maryland
https://www.physastro.iastate.edu/directory/wetstein