About Me

I am a researcher studying Dark Matter, worrying about how it can be detected and what we can learn about it. My full CV is available here, but below you will find a brief summary of my academic history and my research interests (aimed at experts).

Academic history

Since September 2017, I have been working as a post-doc at GRAPPA (an institute of the University of Amsterdam) with Dr. Gianfranco Bertone.

Before that, from October 2014 onwards, I held a NewDARK post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Marco Cirelli, working first at the IPhT in Saclay, France and then moving with the NewDARK group to the LPTHE in central Paris.

I completed my PhD in September 2014 at the University of Nottingham, supervised by Dr. Anne Green. My thesis was entitled “Confronting astrophysical uncertainties in the direct detection of dark matter”. It was awarded the 2016 IOP Astroparticle physics thesis prize and is available from the Nottingham eTheses Repository.

I studied as an undergraduate at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, where I earned a BA in Natural Sciences and an MSci in Theoretical Physics. For my Master’s project, I ran Helium Atom Scattering simulations on graphics cards (and nearly messed up a few of the cards in the process).

Research interests

I work on Dark Matter (DM) phenomenology, specialising in so-called ‘Direct Detection’ experiments, which search for the low energy interactions of Galactic DM with nuclei. I work on understanding what information we can glean from these experiments if we see a DM signal. During my PhD, I showed that we should be able to reconstruct the DM particle mass and interaction cross section without having to worry about the unknown velocity distribution of Galactic DM. As a bonus, we can actually measure the velocity distribution itself and learn something about the DM halo in the process.

I am currently interested in looking for new signatures of DM in Direct Detection experiments, as well as in indirect and collider searches. Different models of DM lead to different types of DM-nucleon interactions and I am trying to understand how these different interactions manifest in experiments and how they might be distinguished from one another. This information should prove vital for informing future decisions about what type of detectors will give us the greatest handle on the properties of DM and the greatest chance of unveiling its identity.

A description of the projects I’m current working on will be available soon.