I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Oxford, where I study particles called neutrinos with the MicroBooNE and DUNE experiments. I did my first degree and my doctorate at Oxford, and then spent 4 years at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) near Chicago, Illinois, before returning to Oxford in 2021.
I am Physics Analysis Coordinator for the MicroBooNE collaboration, an international collaboration of around 180 scientists from 36 institutions. Using a Liquid Argon Time Projection Chamber detector located at Fermilab, we are making the world's first high-statistics measurements of neutrino interactions on argon and looking for beyond-the-standard model behaviour of neutrinos (including investigating previous anomalies seen by the MiniBooNE experiment). MiniBooNE saw "too many" of one type of neutrino, called electron neutrinos, and MicroBooNE is looking to see if we see the same thing in the same neutrino beam at Fermilab with a more advanced detector. Read about our first investigations here.
One of my main research interests is neutrino interactions. As well as making direct measurements of neutrino interactions in the MicroBooNE detector, I am also on the board of the Neutrino Scattering Theory-Experiment Collaboration, and I co-convene the Cross-Experiment Working Group.
On DUNE, I am interested in the design of the Near Detector, particularly ND-GAr: a gaseous-argon Time Projection Chamber that will allow us to see extreme details of neutrino interactions. I am working on the design of the Data AcQuisitions (DAQ) system for the near detectors, to ensure we read out all the important data and are able to store it for later analysis.
As well as research, I am passionate about teaching - both formally and informally. I am a Stipendiary Lecturer at Lincoln College, where I teach second year Electromagnetism and Optics, and third year Subatomic Physics courses. I host a YouTube series (created with Fermilab) about neutrino physics called "Even Bananas" (because everything creates neutrinos - the Sun, the Earth, and...even bananas!)