A group of researchers at the School of Physics and Astronomy are working to uncover how cells and their signaling networks detect and respond to stimuli. Elias Puchner is new faculty member in the area of experimental biological physics. Through his research he intends to provide “a nano-scale view of cell communication.” Puchner says,“I find the ability of a cell to act as a sensor absolutely fascinating.” “For example, chemotactic cells (those responsible for movement in response to chemical stimuli) can sense a gradient of molecules. More »
Arkady Vainshtein studies the theory of fundamental interactions: gauge theories, supersymmetry. Operator product expansion and its applications.
studies properties of elementary particles as well as gauge theories of strong, weak, and electromagnetic interactions, and non-perturbative dynamics of quantum fields.
Professor Olive’s research is in the area of particle physics and cosmology. The main topics on which he works in are: big bang nucleosynthesis, which is an explanation of the origin of the light element isotopes through 7Li; particle dark matter; big bang baryogenesis, which is an explanation of the matter-antimatter asymmetry observed in nature; and inflation which is a theory constructed to resolve many outstanding problems in standard cosmology.
Thomas Walsh does phenomenology of Quantum Chromodynamics and the Standard Model as well as Lattice Gauge Theory and Astroparticle Physics.
Marco Peloso studies astroparticle physics, inflation, cosmology of extra-dimensions, and hysics beyond the Standard Model.
Dan Cronin-Hennessey studies CP-violation and quark- and lepton-mixing matrices.
Prisca Cushman studies dark matter searches and novel particle detectors. She also does collaborative work toward a Center for Underground Science through the DUSEL initiative.
Kenneth Heller does research in high energy particle physics currently focuses on neutrino oscillations as measured in long baseline accelerator experiments. His research in physics education focuses the use, learning, and teaching of problem solving in physics.
I am interested in finding clues to the future theory of particles which will extend our current understanding. Extra dimensions may be the reality, and so may Supersymmetry. We will see what we find after the experiment collect enough data this year.