News: Research


Surprisingly simple model explains how brain cells organize and connect

February 14, 2024

Scientists from UChicago, Harvard, and Yale propose a self-organizing model of connectivity that applies across a wide range of organisms and potentially other types of networks as well.

Story by Matt Wood, Assistant Director of Communications, Biological Sciences Division 


Charles Mark Lewis won the 2024 Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics

December 21, 2023

Citation: "For the development of techniques expanding the low-energy reach of new particle detector technologies, with applications in neutrino physics, dark matter searches, and the study of charged-lepton flavor violating modes of muon decay."

Professor Zoe Yan named 2023 Blavatnik Regional Awards for Young Scientists laureate

August 10, 2023

Professor Zoe Yan

Biophysicists from the Department of Physics and James Franck Institute Make Discovery

July 21, 2023

Image of cells (membranes stained white and nuclei stained magenta)

Professor Cordova featured in Quanta article: A New Kind of Symmetry Shakes Up Physics

April 19, 2023


Professor Abigail Vieregg receives Moore Foundation Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative Award

October 27, 2022

Professor Abigail Vieregg receives Moore Foundation Experimental Physics Investigators Initiative Award

Professor Marcela Carena Named A 2022 DOE Distinguished Scientist

October 27, 2022

Marcela Carena named a 2022 DOE distinguished scientist.

Professor Marcela Carena was Named A 2022 DOE Distinguished Scientist

First demonstration of a new particle beam technology at Fermilab

August 11, 2022

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory have announced the first successful demonstration of a new technique that improves particle beams. The team, in collaboration with UChicago, published its findings in a recent edition of Nature.

Grace Chesmore one of two students awarded DOE Office of Science funds

May 4, 2022

Grace Chesmore, a fifth-year PhD student in the Department of Physics, and Celeste Keith, a fourth-year PhD student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, will conduct research at Fermi National Laboratory as part of the Department of Energy's Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program.

Fifth-year Physics Student Savannah Gowen Wins MRSEC Science Slam

March 13, 2022

Award-winning film presentation by Savannah Gowen demonstrates how training materials can be used to induce desired properties.

UChicago scientists create strange quantum ‘domain walls’ in laboratory

February 12, 2022

University of Chicago researchers at Chin Lab discovered how to create and manipulate a quantum phenomenon known as a "domain wall" - shown in this image as the lighter line between two groups of atoms. (Image adapted and color added from experiment data.)

Nine University of Chicago scholars named 2021 AAAS fellows

February 6, 2022

Nine University of Chicago researchers, including the Physics Department's Prof. Edward Blucher, were named 2021 fellows of the AAAS for their distinguished contributions to the sciences.

An Unexpected Twist Lights Up the Secrets of Turbulence

January 10, 2022

Having solved a central mystery about the “twirliness” of tornadoes and other types of vortices, William Irvine has set his sights on turbulence, the white whale of classical physics.


Kaeli Hughes awarded 2021 Price Prize in Cosmology and Astrophysics

September 9, 2021

The Dr. Pliny A. and Margaret H. Price Prize recognizes research excellence and exceptional promise in areas related to CCAPP initiatives. Two recipients are hosted by CCAPP for a week, during which they give a Price Prize seminar on their research, establish long-term collaborative relationships, and receive a $2,000 honorarium.
Kaeli Hughes' research focuses on the radio detection of astrophysical neutrinos above 10 PeV.

Leading Xenon Researchers unite to build next-generation Dark Matter Detector

July 20, 2021

Grandi in one of the final phases of XENONnT Time Projection Chamber assembly. The next generation detector is expected to feature an active volume from 5 to 10 times larger.