Huajie (Charles) Cao is a fourth year graduate student, working in Prof. Christano Galbiati's research group.He is the leading ﬁgure in a new Princeton-led experiment, SCENE. The goal of SCENE is to measure the scintillation and ionization efﬁciency of neutron-triggered nuclear recoils in a variety of targets, to determine the response of detectors to possible dark matter interactions.
Thomas Dumitrescu's research field is theoretical high energy physics. In his thesis work, done under supervision of Prof. Nathan Seiberg at IAS, he developed and applied new theoretical tools to uncover a wide range of general results on supersymmetric gauge theories.
Xiaohang Quan does research in experimental high energy physics under supervision of Prof. Chris Tully. For her PhD thesis, she developed the triggering algorithms and efficiency measurements for the high resolution diphoton final state for the CMS experiment at the LHC. The discovery of the Higgs boson announced on the 4th of July 2012 came in part from her exceptional contributions.
Ben Safdi is doing research on theoretical high energy physics in the research group of Prof. Igor Klebanov. His work on renormalization group ﬂows and entanglement entropy, especially in three spacetime dimensions, has been signiﬁcant in the general understanding of quantum ﬁeld theory, and has attracted interest in the condensed matter physics community as well as among particle physicists.
Mikhail Tikhonov does research in the fast expanding ﬁeld at the interface of physics and biology. His thesis advisor is Prof. Bill Bialek. In a combination of theoretical and experimental work, he has asked and answered new physics questions about fundamental phenomena of life. His research activities range from the study of patterns of gene expression, to the human microbiome and the origins of complexity in genetic networks.