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Abdulwahab Al Luhaibi

Abdulwahab Al Luhaibi

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F213
AbdulwahabAlLuhaibi2025@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Ketterson Group
Research Statement: Studying the response of vortices in artificial pinning site of type-II superconductors, and its potential applications

Dany Atallah

Dany Atallah

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman #8025
danyatallah@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Rasio Group
Research Statement: The dynamical capacity and stability of black hole hierarchies formed in globular clusters beyond triples

James Bueghly

James Bueghly

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F122
jamesbueghly2015@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Velasco Group
Research Statement: Search for Higgs boson decays to a Z boson and a photon

Nia Burrell

Nia Burrell

PhD Student

Office location: Mudd 1185
niaburrell2025@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Odom Group
Research Statement: Searching for dark matter using optical cavities at cryogenic temperatures

Gabriel Casabona

Gabriel Casabona

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn 22
GabrielCasabona2025@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Larson Group
Research Statement: Studying binary compact object mergers, specifically looking at neutron stars and white dwarfs to better understand the gravitational wave emissions while incorporating the structure of both of these objects

Ran Chen

Ran Chen

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F140
ranchen@northwestern.edu
Group: Figueroa-Feliciano Group
Research Statement: Developing a sensitive detector to measure the coherent elastic neutrino-nucleus scattering (CEvNS)

Sai Pavan Chitta

Sai Pavan Chitta

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn
SaiChitta2025@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Koch Group
Research Statement: Simulation and design of protected superconducting qubits

Travis Douglas

Travis Douglas

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-491-3477
Office location: Tech F265
tdouglas@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Dutta Group
Research Statement: Studying the distribution of ions near a charged interface in highly concentrated electrolyte systems using x-ray scattering

William Eom

William Eom

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-467-6588
Office location: Mudd 1173
williameom2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Geraci Group
Research Statement: Preparing ground-state cooled, optically levitated nanospheres for precision force sensing of Casimir forces and Yukawa-type corrections to gravity

Chetan Galla

Chetan Galla

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-467-6588
Office location: Mudd 1173
chetangalla2021@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Geraci Group
Research Statement: Study of gravity and micron scale using optical levitation of nanoparticles

Ethan Garvey

Ethan Garvey

PhD Student

Office location: Mudd 1177
EthanGarvey2025@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Stern Group
Research Statement: Optical experiments for understanding the properties of novel low dimensional magnetic materials and devices

S. Carin Gavin

S. Carin Gavin

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-467-3976
Office location: Mudd 1177
sarahgavin2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Stern Group
Research Statement: Optical and spin properties of mixed-dimensional heterostructures

Jorin Graham

Jorin Graham

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F324
JorinGraham@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Motter Group
Research Statement: Spreading processes on complex networks; network science and machine learning for cell biology

Cole Kampa

Cole Kampa

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-467-2477
Office location: Tech F127
colekampa2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Schmitt Group
Research Statement: Modeling Mu2e experiment's magnetic field. Developing robust statistical analyses for particle physics experiments.

Taeyoon Kim

Taeyoon Kim

PhD Student

Office location: Fermilab TD ICB
taeyoonkim2018@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Sauls Group
Research Statement: Experimental research of quantum information processing with superconducting qubits and high-Q 3D cavities

Wei-Ting Lin

Wei-Ting Lin

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-491-3788
Office location: Tech F224
WeiTingLin2014@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Sauls Group
Research Statement: Theoretical study of zero sound in liquid He-3 near the superfluid phase transition

Chloe Lohmeyer

Chloe Lohmeyer

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-467-6588
Office location: Mudd 1173
ChloeLohmeyer2021@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Geraci Group
Research Statement: An experimental search for the QCD axion, a hypothetical particle that could explain dark matter, using nuclear magnetic resonance techniques

Beverly Lowell

Beverly Lowell

PhD Student

Office location: 1800 Sherman, 8030-8038
beverlylowell2023@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Tchekovskoy Group
Research Statement: Dynamically important magnetic fields and black hole spin-down

Michael MacKenzie

Michael MacKenzie

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F122
michaelmackenzie2023@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Velasco Group
Research Statement: Experimental particle physics research on charged-lepton flavor-violating processes at Mu2e and CMS

Joseph McCourt

Joseph McCourt

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-491-7677
Office location: Cook 1155
josephmccourt2018@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Bedzyk Group
Research Statement: Investigation of amphiphilic assemblies using X-ray scattering experiments and molecular dynamics simulations

Nathaniel McDonough

Nathaniel McDonough

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-467-9116
Office location: Mudd 1195
nathanielmcdonough2023@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Gabrielse Group
Research Statement: Laser cooling and precision spectroscopy of atomic hydrogen

Jacob McLaughlin

Jacob McLaughlin

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-467-3752
Office location: Tech F140
A1P8Q8@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Dahl Group
Research Statement: Characterization of novel backgrounds in large scale xenon-based dark matter detectors and improving their sensitivity to low mass WIMP signals

Yulun Miao

Yulun Miao

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F127
YulunMiao2020@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Schmitt Group
Research Statement: Searching for three massive gauge boson production at CMS

Nicolas Pavao

Nicolas Pavao

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F418
pavao@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Carrasco Group
Research Statement: Calculations in quantum field theory aimed at discovering novel algebraic structures that underly particle physics and gravity

John Scott

John Scott

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-491-8616
Office location: Tech FG15
johnscott2025@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Halperin Group
Research Statement: Nuclear magnetic resonance study of properties and phases of Helium 3 in aerogel at ultra-low temperatures

Aslan Seifi

Aslan Seifi

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F416
aslanseifi2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Carrasco Group
Research Statement: Scattering Amplitudes, Color-Kinematics duality

Yanxuan Shao

Yanxuan Shao

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F324
yanxuanshao2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Motter Group
Research Statement: Spontaneous oscillations and more complex dynamics in microfluidic networks

Zhiheng Sheng

Zhiheng Sheng

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn 5
zhihengsheng2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Dahl Group
Research Statement: Data acquisition in scintillating LAr bubble chamber (SBC) for direct dark matter detection

Ingrid Stolt

Ingrid Stolt

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-491-8615
Office location: Tech FG37
ingridstolt2015@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Halperin Group
Research Statement: The magnetic properties of high-temperature superconductors using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)

Yuxin Wang

Yuxin Wang

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F224
yuxinwang2023@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Goswami Group
Research Statement: Topological phases of matters in condensed matter physics

Zhiyuan Wang

Zhiyuan Wang

PhD Student

Office location: Mudd 1156
ZhiyuanWang2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Geraci Group
Research Statement: Detecting high-frequency gravitational waves with optically levitated micro-sensors

Jean Weill

Jean Weill

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-467-4886
Office location: Dearborn 5
jeanweill@u.northwestern.edu
Group: de Gouvea Group
Research Statement: Understanding how helicity impacts neutrino decay, and how it leads to an apparent increase in events at low energies for experiments like JUNO or DUNE

Daniel Weiss

Daniel Weiss

PhD Student

Phone number: 847-467-0240
Office location: Tech F229
danielweiss2022@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Koch Group
Research Statement: Protected superconducting qubits and novel methods for their simulation

Suna Zekioglu

Suna Zekioglu

PhD Student

Office location: Tech F418
sunazekioglu2024@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Carrasco Group
Research Statement: Investigations of hidden structure connecting scattering amplitudes in gauge theory and gravity

Hongfei Zeng

Hongfei Zeng

PhD Student

Office location: Mudd 1175
hongfeizeng2022@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Stern Group
Research Statement: Integration of two-dimensional materials on silicon nitride photonics. Light matter interaction in optical microcavities

Yi Zhao

Yi Zhao

PhD Student

Office location: Dearborn
YiZhao2025@u.northwestern.edu
Group: Motter Group
Research Statement: Genetic network dynamics and complex systems modeling

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