Eva Andrei is an experimental condensed matter physicist recognized for her work on low dimensional electron systems, including two-dimensional electrons on helium, magnetically induced Wigner crystal in semiconductor heterojunctions and vortices in superconductors.
She is known particularly for her ground-breaking work on the electronic properties of graphene, a one-atom thick membrane of crystalline carbon with extraordinary electronic properties stemming from charge carriers that behave like ultra-relativistic particles.
Following an undergraduate degree from Tel Aviv University Andrei received her Physics Ph.D. from Rutgers University. In 1987, after post-doctoral work at Bell laboratories, she joined Rutgers as an assistant professor of Physics. She is currently a Board of Governors Chaired professor in the department of Physics and Astronomy at Rutgers University.
Andrei is a fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Andrei is currently an editor for the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and serves on the editorial board of Solid State Communications.
Elena Aprile is a Professor of Physics at Columbia University, and is internationally recognized for her experimental work with noble liquid detectors for research in gamma-ray astrophysics and particle astrophysics. She is the founder and Spokesperson of the XENON Dark Matter experiment, one of the most sensitive among direct searches for Dark Matter worldwide and the one with the highest discovery potential.
Professor Aprile has pioneered the development of the liquid xenon imaging detector technology used in XENON and similar experiments. Her publications, review article in Review of Modern Physics and book on the properties of liquid xenon for radiation detection are widely referred to. She has served on numerous committees and panels.
From experiments geared to answer fundamental questions such as the nature of Dark Matter and of the neutrino, to new devices with advanced capabilities in medical and industrial imaging, the kind of detector pioneered by Professor Aprile during her long term at Columbia University continue to play a vital role in many fields.
Currently, Permanent Research Staff of the SOLEIL French synchrotron source, Maria Asensio is also Permanent Staff of the Institute of Material Science of Madrid, in Spain working in the area of electronic structure of advanced materials by using low energy Synchrotron radiation, mainly using chemical and electronic imaging. Maria Asensio commenced her academic career in Argentina, where she finished her PhD degree in Surface Science. Then she held several teaching and research positions at the Autonomous University of Madrid, the University of Warwick, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max-Planck in Berlin, Germany, and the LURE synchrotron in Paris. She is author or coauthor of more than 250 publications, which hold more than 4500 cites and more than 90 invited talks in International conferences since 1991.
Sylvia Ceyer, the J. C. Sheehan Professor of Chemistry, is head of the Department of Chemistry of MIT since July 2010.
Professor Ceyer is distinguished for her research in surface science. Her current research explores the dynamics of reactions between molecules and solid surfaces, specializing in the use of ultra-high vacuum molecular beam scattering techniques.
Ceyer's achievements in teaching, research, and service have earned her numerous awards, including the Gibbs Medal, Hope College Distinguished Alumni Award, the first W.M. Keck Foundation Professorship in Energy, Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education, Baker Award for Undergraduate Teaching, School of Science Teaching Prize, Arthur Smith Award, and a MacVicar Teaching Fellowship.
Before joining the MIT Department of Chemistry in 1981, Professor Ceyer received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and worked at the National Bureau of Standards as a post-doctoral fellow.
Oksana Chubykalo-Fesenko is a Senior Scientist at the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (Spanish National Research Council, CSIC).
Dr. Chubykalo studied at Kharkov State University, Ukraine and received a M.Sc. and PhD in 1986 and 1990 respectively. She also worked at Clarendon Laboratory, Oxford, UK; Complutense University, Madrid, Spain; University of Milano, Como, Italy; University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain and Almaden Research Center, IBM, San Jose, USA.
Her main research lines are modelling of hysteresis and dynamics in nanostructured magnetic elements; modelling of ultra-fast laser-induced magnetisation dynamics; modelling of magnetic nanoparticles and multiscale modelling of magnetic materials. She is an Editor of the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials.
Mirjam Cvetič is Fay R. and Eugene L. Langberg Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA; an institution with which she has had a primary affiliation since 1987.
Her research encompasses broad areas in fundamental particle theory, including gravitational physics in string theory (with her seminal work on black holes). She has published close to 300 papers with nearly 17,000 citations (source: INSPIRE).
Professor Cvetič has been a Physics Letters B editor since 1999.
Bérengère Dubrulle is a French physicist working on fluid dynamics and non-eqilibrium statistical physics. Her work covers a large range of interdisciplinary fields, including transport processes in astrophysical and geophysical flows, intermittency in turbulence, dynamo processes in turbulent flows and statistics of large scale structures.
She was awarded the CNRS Bronze medal (1987) and the Victor Noury Prize from the French Academy of Science (2008).
Professor Dubrulle is presently CNRS Senior Scientist at the Department of Condensed Matter of CEA Saclay.
Olga Dymshits is a Deputy Head of Glass Department and a Head of Laboratory of Glass-ceramics at NITIOM Vavilov State Optical Institute, Saint Petersburg.
She received her doctoral degree in Chemistry in 1991 from the Institute of Silicate Chemistry, Russian Academy of Science. Her scientific research interests include synthesis, characterization and investigation of structure and optical properties of amorphous and nanocrystalline materials containing lanthanide and transition metal ions.
Dr. Dymshits has published more than 90 scientific papers, she also holds many patents. She has received the Grebenschikov Medal for outstanding achievements in the field of optical materials science.
She is a reviewer for numerous international journals and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids.
Henriette Elvang works on aspects of quantum field theory, supersymmetry, gravity, and particle physics. Her research interests reside at the interface between particle physics, general relativity, and string theory. Currently, she is working on new methods for calculating scattering processes and on problems related to understanding fundamental properties of quantum field theories.
Before joining the University of Michigan in September 2009, Professor Elvang was a postdoctoral member at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton (2008-09) and a Pappalardo Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2005-08). She received her Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2005.
Claudia Felser studied chemistry and physics at the University of Cologne and completed her doctorate in physical chemistry there in 1994.
After postdoctoral fellowships at the MPI in Stuttgart and the CNRS in Nantes (France), she joined the University of Mainz, becoming a full professor there in 2003.
In December 2011 Professor Felser became director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Physics of Solids. She is the chair of the DFG research group “New Materials with High Spin Polarization” and is the director of the Graduate School of Excellence “Materials Science in Mainz” of the German Science Foundation (DFG).
In July 2014, Professor Felser received the GRC-Alexander-M-Cruickshank-Lecturer Award at the “Gordon Research Conference” in New London, NH, USA, as well as the Tsungmin Tu research prize by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan, the highest academic honor granted to foreign researchers in Taiwan. She has written more than 300 articles and been granted several patents. Her recent research focuses on the rational design of new materials for spintronics and energy technologies such as solar cells, thermoelectric materials, topological insulators and superconductors.
Fabiola Gianotti received a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics from the University of Milano in 1989. Since 1994 she has been a research physicist in the Physics Department of CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research.
She is also a corresponding member of the Italian Academy of Sciences (Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei) and foreign associate member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.
Dr. Gianotti has worked on several CERN experiments, being involved in detector R&D and construction, software development and data analysis. She is the author or co-author of more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. From March 2009 to February 2013 she held the elected position of project leader (”Spokesperson”) of the ATLAS experiment.
On 4 July 2012 she presented the ATLAS results on the search for the Higgs boson in an historic seminar at CERN.
This event marked the announcement of the discovery of the Higgs boson by the ATLAS and CMS experiments.
On 1st January 2016, she became the first female Director-General of CERN.
Donna Hurley is a consultant on AFM measurement methods and their application to materials science. Prior to founding Lark Scientific, she was a senior scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. There she led a team to develop and apply new AFM techniques for nanomechanical mapping of materials. She has also been a staff physicist at General Electric Corporate Research and Development and a NATO-NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Nottingham Physics Department. She has a Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Barbara Jacak of the State University New York, Stony Brook, was appointed as Berkeley Lab’s new director of the Nuclear Science Division in 2015. She also accepted a joint appointment as Faculty Senior Scientist at Berkeley Lab and Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley.
Professor Jacak is one the leaders of the nuclear physics community in the United States. She did her undergraduate studies at UC Berkeley, and her Ph.D. at Michigan State University where her advisor was David K. Scott. On graduating from MSU, she received an Oppenheimer Fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory and remained on the staff there until January 1997 when she joined the faculty at SUNY, Stony Brook as Professor of Physics. She was promoted to Distinguished Professor in 2008.
Her research focuses on experimental study of quark gluon plasma. The experiments are done at Brookhaven National Lab’s RHIC and at CERN.
Professor Jacak was one of the founding members of the PHENIX experiment at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), and was spokesperson of the experiment from 2007 until 2012. Before joining PHENIX, she was active in the CERN heavy ion program as a member of the Helios and E844 Collaborations. She is a Fellow of the APS and the AAAS, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Elizabeth Jenkins is Professor of Physics at the University of California at San Diego.
Her research focuses on the use of symmetries to understand the interactions of elementary particles. Her achievements include the discovery and application of contracted spin-flavor symmetry for large-N baryons. Her work shows that 1/N suppression factors and flavour symmetry breaking quantitatively explains the spin and flavor properties of QCD baryons.
She currently works on effective field theories of the Standard Model and the physics of the Higgs boson.
Lisa Kaltenegger is Associate Professor at Cornell University and Director of the Carl Sagan Institute. Her research focuses on rocky planets and super-Earths atmospheres in the habitable zone, as well as the spectral fingerprint of exoplanets that can be detected with the next generation of telescopes. Lisa Kaltenegger was named one of America’s Young Innovators 2007 by Smithsonian Magazine, was selected as one of the European Commission’s Role Models for Women in Science and Research and recently received the Heinz Meier Leibnitz Prize for Physics of Germany in 2012 among several other awards.
Ursula Keller was appointed an Associate Professor in March 1993 and in October 1997 she became a Full Professor in the Physics Department at ETH Zurich.
She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degree in Applied Physics at Stanford University in California in 1987 and 1989, respectively. For her first year at Stanford, she held a Fulbright Fellowship, and for the following year she was an IBM Predoctoral Fellow.
Her research interests are exploring and pushing the frontiers in ultrafast science and technology. She has published more than 280 peer-reviewed journal papers and 11 book chapters and is inventor on 17 patents and patent applications.
Professor Keller is an elected foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA), a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and a member of the European Physical Society (EPS), the Swiss Physical Society (SPS), the Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (SATW).
Ann R. Kennedy received her doctoral degree in Radiation Biology from Harvard, and she then joined the Harvard faculty. Her research investigations have focused on the adverse biological effects of radiation, with focus on molecular mechanisms, animal studies and human trials.
Dr. Kennedy has published more than 275 papers. She has been an expert witness for the U.S. government in radiation litigation cases since 1993, and a member of the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements since 2001.
She is currently the Richard Chamberlain Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Claudine Lacroix studied in Paris and Orsay and then became CNRS researcher in Grenoble. She is working in theory of condensed matter physics, including strongly correlated systems, Kondo effect, superconductivity, magneto-transport in bulk and nanostructures, geometrically frustrated magnetism.
On this last topic she co-edited a book1 in 2011. She has been Director of the CNRS laboratory ‘Louis Néel’ and of a French-German laboratory MESOMAG, involving researchers in both Max Planck Society in Halle and CNRS in Grenoble. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of Solid State Communications.
After studying physics at the Ecole Normale Supérieure, Mireille Lavagna joined the CNRS in 1978. She carried out two post-doctoral stays successively at the MIT in Cambridge, US and at the ILL in Grenoble, France. She has been a CNRS senior scientist since 1996. She works in the Theory Group of INAC/PHELIQS at the CEA in Grenoble and has been the Head of this Group from 2006 to 2010.
She is a theorist in Condensed Matter Physics. Her scientific activity goes from the Kondo effect in heavy fermion systems, high temperature superconductivity, strong correlations to electronic transport and coherence effects in mesoscopic physics and quantum nanoelectronics.
Michal Lipson is known for her work on silicon photonics. Lipson was named a 2010 MacArthur Fellow for contributions to silicon photonics especially towards enabling GHz silicon active devices.
Until 2014, she was the Given Foundation Professor of Engineering at Cornell University in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a member of the Kavli Institute for Nanoscience at Cornell.
She is now a Professor of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University.
Professor Lipson has received numerous honors, including being the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and an NSF Young Investigator Career award. She is also an elected fellow of Optical Society of America (OSA). Her current research interests include optical metamaterials, low-power and compact optical modulators, and slot waveguides.
She completed her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Physics at the Technion.
Jennifer Michaels is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is director of the Quantitative Ultrasonic Evaluation, Sensing and Testing Laboratory. She received the B.E.E. degree from Georgia Tech in 1976 and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University in 1982 and 1984, respectively. She is currently associate editor of Ultrasonics and the International Journal of Structural Health Monitoring. With 20 years of industrial experience in the development of automated nondestructive evaluation systems and techniques, Professor Michaels has brought a uniquely practical perspective to academic research in ultrasonic methods for structural inspection and monitoring since joining the faculty of Georgia Tech in 2002.
Margaret Murnane is a Fellow at JILA and a member of the Department of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado. She received her B.S and M.S. degrees from University College Cork, Ireland, and her Ph.D. degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1989, and joined the faculty of physics at Washington State University in 1990.
In 1996, Professor Murnane moved to the University of Michigan, and in 1999 she moved to the University of Colorado. She runs a joint research group and a small laser company with her husband, Professor Henry Kapteyn.
Her research interests have been in ultrafast optical and x-ray science.
Professor Murnane is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America. In 1997 she was awarded the Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society, in 2000 she was named a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow, in 2004 she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2006 she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ann Nelson is a particle physicist at the University of Washington. She was a student of Howard Georgi and has been a member of the university's Particle Theory Group since 1994. She and her collaborators are known for a number of theories, including the theory of spontaneous violation of CP, the theory of Bose-Einstein condensation of kaon mesons in dense matter and the Little Higgs theory.
Professor Nelson received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2004, and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and the National Academy of Sciences in 2012.
Angela Olinto is Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Enrico Fermi Institute, and member of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, at the University of Chicago. Her research interests are in astroparticle physics and cosmology.
She received her B.S. in Physics from the Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and her Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987) for work on the physics of quark stars.
Professor Olinto was Chair of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Chicago from 2003 to 2006. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and serves on many advisory committees for the National Academy of Sciences, Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, and NASA.
Mercè Ollé is an Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.
Her fields of research are dynamical systems, Hamiltonian dynamics, celestial mechanics and numerical methods for dynamical systems.
She’s a member of the Barcelona Dynamical Systems Group of Barcelona
Sara Pozzi earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the Polytechnic of Milan, Italy in 1997 and 2001, respectively. She is a Professor in the Department of Nuclear and Radiological Sciences at the University of Michigan where she established and is the leader of the Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation Group (DNNG). Her research interests include the development of new methods for nuclear materials detection, identification, and characterization for nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear material control and accountability, nuclear safeguards, and national security programs.
Professor Pozzi is the director of the Consortium for Verification Technology, a consortium of 13 universities and 9 national laboratories dedicated to the development of new technologies for nuclear treaty verification. She is the co-author of the Monte Carlo code MCNPX-PoliMi, which is being used at over 50 institutions world-wide. Her publication record includes over 300 papers in journals and international conference proceedings. She is the recipient of many awards, including the 2006 Oak Ridge National Laboratory Early Career Award, 2006 Department of Energy, Office of Science, Outstanding Mentor Award, 2009 INMM Central Region Chapter, Special Service Award, 2012 INMM Edway R. Johnson Meritorious Service Award, and 2012 UM Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Department, Outstanding Achievement Award.
Lisa Randall studies theoretical particle physics and cosmology. Her research connects theoretical insights addressing puzzles in our current understanding of the properties of matter, the universe, and space. Her current research focuses on dark matter. Randall is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
She has received many awards, honorary degrees, and prestigious designations, including being named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People” in 2007. Randall’s two books, Warped Passages (2005) and Knocking on Heaven’s Door (2011), were featured on the New York Times’ lists of “100 Notable Books.” Her e-book, Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space, was published in 2012.
Professor Randall wrote a libretto for Hypermusic Prologue: A Projective Opera in Seven Planes and co-curated the art exhibit Measure for Measure for the Los Angeles Arts Association. In 2012, Randall received the American Institute of Physics’ Andrew Gemant Award, which recognizes significant contributions to the cultural, artistic, or humanistic dimension of physics
Beatriz Roldan Cuenya is currently a Chair Professor in the Department of Physics at the Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany). She moved from the University of Central Florida (USA) where she was a professor of Physics till 2013. She carried out her postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California Santa Barbara (2001-2003). Professor Roldan obtained her Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) summa cum laude in 2001. She completed her M.S./B.S. in Physics with a minor in Materials Science at the University of Oviedo, Spain in 1998.
Professor Roldan received an Early CAREER Award from the US National Science Foundation (2005) and the international Peter Mark Memorial award from the American Vacuum Society (2009). She is the author of 83 peer-reviewed publications and 3 book chapters and has given over 100 invited talks. She presently serves in the editorial advisory board of the Surface Science journal and in the Advisory Committee of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences of the US Department of Energy.
Professor Roldan’s research program explores the novel physical and chemical properties of size and shape-selected nanostructured materials, with emphasis on advancing the field of nanocatalysis through in situ and operando characterization of catalysts at work.
Archana Sharma works as a senior scientist at the CERN Laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland.
She has been active in the field since 1989 mainly working on instrumentation especially gaseous detectors. She was the pioneer of simulations and experimentation on micro-pattern gaseous detectors.
Dr. Sharma’s main contributions have been to the field of gas properties studies and improvements of these detectors for use in hostile environments like particle physics experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. She has been very actively facilitating knowledge exchange and capacity building in the science and technology sector by constantly working with young students.
Eva Silverstein attacks basic problems in several areas of theoretical physics. She develops concrete and testable mechanisms for cosmic inflation, accounting for its sensitivity to very high energy physics. This has led to a fruitful interface with cosmic microwave background research, contributing to a more systematic analysis of its observable phenomenology.
Professor Silverstein also develops mechanisms for breaking supersymmetry and for stabilizing the extra dimensions of string theory to model the immense hierarchies between the cosmological horizon, electroweak, and Planck scales in nature.
Professor Silverstein received a B.A. (1992) from Harvard University and a Ph.D. (1996) from Princeton University.
Shufang Su is a Full Professor of Physics at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. Professor Su's primary research interests are in theoretical particle physics, focusing on important connections between theory and experiments as well as links between particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology.
She was elected as American Physics Society fellow in 2014 for her fundamental contributions to the phenomenology of Higgs bosons, dark matter, supersymmetry, and other physics beyond the Standard Model, which have stimulated and guided experimental search programs.
Gail ter Haar took her first degree in Physics from Oxford University. Following a masters degree in Medical Physics from Aberdeen University, she studied for her Ph.D. in Physics at Guy's hospital, in London. She also holds a D.Sc. in clinical medicine from Oxford.
Gail's research interests have always lain primarily in understanding the way in which medical ultrasound interacts with tissue, especially the physical mechanisms involved in producing bio-effects (primarily heating & acoustic cavitation) with a view to understanding its safety when used in diagnosis, and to harnessing these effects for therapeutic benefit. Most recently her research has concentrated on developing devices and protocols for ultrasound based treatments of cancer.
Véronique Vitry obtained her Engineering Degree in Materials Science from the Engineering Faculty of Mons in 2003 and first worked on optical PVD coatings at Materia Nova (Mons, Belgium). She then went on to get her Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Mons and graduated in 2010.
Her main research interest is electroless nickel plating, which she has been studying for more than 10 years, leading to 20 publications.
She’s now assistant professor at the Engineering Faculty of the University of Mons (UMONS) where she teaches process metallurgy and process modelling as well as nanotechnologies. She also teaches surface treatments at the University of Valenciennes Hainaut-Cambresis in France.
She’s the regional chair of the board of A3TS (the French Heat and Surface Treatment Association) for the North of France and Belgium.
Ann Wintle founded the Luminescence Dating Laboratory in Aberystwyth University in 1989, after establishing laboratories in both Cambridge and London Universities, and retired to Cambridge in 2009. She has published over 180 papers.
She was awarded the Appleton Medal of the Institute of Physics in 2008 for her research in environmental physics through the development of luminescence dating techniques. In 2015 she was awarded the Liu Tungsheng Distinguished Career Medal of the International Union for Quaternary Research for their application to Quaternary geological problems.
Quing Zhu is a leading researcher in combining ultrasound and NIR imaging modalities for clinical diagnosis of breast cancers at the University of Connecticut Health Center and Hartford Hospital. Initial results have shown great success in early diagnosis of malignant and benign breast lesions using this technique.
Her pioneering research has been lauded by the imaging and radiology community as an important advance in society’s ability to distinguish benign and malignant lesions in the breast without recourse to biopsy. The study has received publicity in news releases of the Radiological Society of North America, the prestigious Society of Radiology and Imaging in 2005 and 2010. In addition, Professor Zhu and her team have pioneered simultaneous radiation detection and Optical Coherence Tomography imaging for coronary plaque and ovarian cancer detection.
Professor Zhu received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.