Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2012
    Assistant Professor & Canada Research Chair in Particle Physics (Tier II), The University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. Projects: Vector-like quark searches, top cross section in association with additional heavy flavour, Inner Detector alignment. Responsibilities: ATLAS top working group convener

  • 2008 – 2012
    Maître Assistante, Université de Genève (UniGe), Switzerland. CDF&ATLAS: top cross section and fourth generation quark search; ATLAS: minimum bias, SCT DAQ. Responsibilities: ATLAS top reconstruction sub-group convener, analysis coordinator for minimum bias and fourth generation quark search. Supervisor: Prof Allan Clark

  • 2006 – 2008
    Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California at Davis (UC Davis), USA. CDF: top cross section, fourth generation quark search, Level 2 track trigger upgrade. Supervisor: Prof Robin Erbacher and Prof John Conway

  • 2002 – 2006
    PhD Student, Institute for Particle Physics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland. CDF: measurement of b-quark jet shapes at CDF; CMS: detector control systems development for ECAL. Supervisor: Prof Gunther Dissertori

  • 1998 – 2002
    Degree of Master of Physics (MPhys), First Class, St John's College, University of Oxford, England

Selected publications


  • Measurement of fiducial cross-sections for ttbar production with one or two additional b-jets in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV using the ATLAS detector, Submitted to EPJC [arXiv:1508.06868]

  • Search for vector-like B quarks in events with one isolated lepton, missing transverse momentum and jets at √s=8 TeV with the ATLAS detector, Phys. Rev. D 91, 112011 (2015)

  • Search for pair production of heavy top-like quarks decaying to a high-pT W boson and a b quark in the lepton plus jets final state at √s = 7 TeV with the ATLAS detector, Phys. Lett. B718 (2013) 1284-1302

  • Search for Pair Production of a Heavy Up-Type Quark Decaying to a W Boson and a b Quark in the lepton+jets Channel with the ATLAS Detector, Phys. Rev. Lett 108 (2012) 261802

  • Charged-particle multiplicities in pp interactions measured with the ATLAS detector at the LHC, New J. Phys. 13 (2011) 053033

  • Charged-particle multiplicities in pp interactions at √s = 900 GeV measured with the ATLAS detector at the LHC, Phys. Lett. B688 (2010) 21-42


  • Search for a Heavy Top-like Quark in pp Collisions at √s=1.96  TeV, Phys. Rev. Lett. 107 261801 (2011)

  • First Measurement of the Ratio σttbar / σZ/γ*->ll and Precise Extraction of the ttbar Cross Section, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105 012001 (2010)

  • Measurement of b-jet Shapes in Inclusive Jet Production in p anti-p Collisions at √s = 1.96 TeV, Phys. Rev. D78 072005 (2008), [see also: Dissertation ETH Nr. 16561]

  • Level 2 (L2) stereo eXtremely Fast Tracker (XFT) trigger upgrade at CDF IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci. 55, 126-132 (2008).

Selected projects

  • Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

  • ATLAS experiment

  • CDF experiment

  • Top quark physics

  • Searches for new physics with top quarks

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Reviewer for US funding agencies: NSF & DOE

  • Member of Canadian Association of Physicists

Media coverage

  • Speaker at TEDxWaterloo (2013)

  • CQFD – Histoire des Lieux de Sciences (RTS): Interview on Swiss National Ratio

  • C’est quoi le Big Bang? Interview for kids science magazine (Wapiti)

  • RTS – Le Court du Jour: Interview features on Swiss national television

  • Higgs and Misses – Quest for the ever-elusive Higgs Boson: Interview for the Sunday Times Magazine

  • Producer of ATLAS outreach video

  • 'Particle Hunters, the CMS quest': Host of a CMS outreach video (as a PhD student)

  • Written or edited a number of articles in CERN Courier and Symmetry Magazine

  • I have also participated in a number of CERN VIP visits including a visit of the Conseil Federal in 2011

Additional qualifications

Organisational Roles and Responsibilities

  • LHCtopWG contact (since 2015)

  • ATLAS top working group leader (convener) (2013 – 2016)

  • ATLAS top reconstruction sub-group leader (convener) (2011 – 2012)

  • ATLAS Collaboration Board Chair Advisory Group (2013 – 2016)

  • ATLAS Diversity Committee (one of the founding members) (since 2015)

  • ATLAS Physics Convener nomination committee (2016)

  • Member of UBC graduate admissions committee (2013 – 2015)

  • Scientific secretary for the European Strategy for Particle Physics (ESPP) (2012)

  • Represented Canada at CERN RRB meeting (2015)

  • Member of a number of PhD and master thesis committees (UBC, national and international)

  • Organiser of a number of conferences and summer schools. As main organiser: WNPPC2016, TRISEP2016, TRISEP2014. As member: LHCP2015, Top2015)

  • Successfully secured research funding (Canada: NSERC, CFI, BCKDF; Switzerland: FNS – declined)


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