I am an experimental particle physicist working on the ATLAS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). I am currently based in at CERN in Geneva and I work for The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy, where I sometimes also live.
I have worked on the ATLAS Experiment since 2006 when I was doing my PhD at the University of Sheffield, UK. My work includes research into the Top Quark, which is the heaviest known fundamental particle, and research on the Higgs Boson, the recently discovered particle that allows fundamental particles to acquire their different masses. I also work on luminosity calibration and determination, and I worked on the commissioning of the Semi-Conductor Tracker (SCT), part of the inner detector of ATLAS.
I am interested in physics outreach, to disseminate the work we do to the public, and to reach those who might have less access to science or are a minority in the field. I am currently the outreach co-coordinator for ATLAS.
In addition I have a strong passion for promoting physics in developing countries and work closely with my institute ICTP whose part mandate is to do exactly this. Developing countries account for 80% of the world population but only 28% of the worlds scientists come from these countries, this imbalance must be addressed. Scientists are vital in developing countries to help address the various developmental and environmental issues and sustainably build a knowledge-based economy.