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Jul 18 – 22, 2022
Canada/Pacific timezone
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Invited speakers

Nuclear Physics

Dr. Pascal Reiter
(University of Edinburgh)

Pascal is interested in studies of the nuclear structure far from stability  – in particular precision measurements of very exotic isotopes. His research in this filed aims to understand the evolution of nuclear shells, formation of new sub shells and quenching of existing canonical shells. He is also interested in applying new findings in nuclear physics to astrophysical processes

Dr. Victoria Vedia

Victoria graduated with a PhD in 2018 from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid, UCM.  In 2019, she joined the Gamma-ray Spectroscopy at ISAC group at TRIUMF working with the GRIFFIN spectrometer. She is an expert in fast coincidence timing measurements of excited nuclear state lifetimes using inorganic scintillators. Her research focuses  on the study of nuclear structure of exotic nuclei.

Dr. Kostas Kravvaris

Kostas received his PhD in 2018 at Florida State University under the supervision of Dr. Alexander Volya, studying nuclear clustering from microscopic approaches. He then moved on to LLNL as a postdoc studying nuclear clustering and reactions from an ab initio perspective. Currently, he is a staff member there, working on ab initio approaches to nuclear structure and reactions, uncertainty quantification, and the evaluation of nuclear data.

Particle Physics

Dr. JoAnne Hewett

JoAnne is a a world-class theoretical physicist with well over 100 publications in theoretical high energy physics. Her research probes the fundamental nature of space, matter and energy, where she most enjoys devising experimental tests for preposterous theoretical ideas.  She is best known for her work on the possible existence of extra spatial dimensions.

Dr. Wolfgang Schreyer (TRIUMF)

Wolfgang completed his PhD at the Technical University of Munich while working on PENeLOPE, measuring the neutron lifetime. He joined TRIUMF and the TUCAN collaboration in 2017 to help develop a new source for ultracold neutrons, that will be used to search for an electric dipole moment of the neutron predicted in beyond the Standard Model theories.

Dr. Gopolang Mohlabeng
(UC Irvine)

Dr. Mohlabeng received his M.S and Ph.D from the University of Kansas, has held postdoctoral positions at Brookhaven National Laboratory and the McDonald Institute at Queen's University, and is currently a UC Chancellor's Advanced Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Mohlabeng is a theoretical physicist whose specialty lies at the intersection between particle physics and astro-physics with a particular research focus on uncovering and understanding the nature of dark matter.

Science & Technology

Dr. Abe Seiden
(UC Santa Cruz)

Abe works on the ATLAS experiment at CERN and most recently has been involved in developing novel silicon sensors for use across a number of experiments. He was the Director of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics for 30 years and for many years the Manager for Upgrade R&D for U.S. ATLAS.

Dr. Katherine Pachal

Katherine works on searches for new particles at accelerator based experiments. Her research has recently moved from high energy searches with ATLAS to low energy searches for light particles with the proposed DarkLight experiment, to be built at TRIUMF.

Dr. Giacomo Gallina
(Princeton University)

Giacomo Gallina graduated from UBC in 2021 working at TRIUMF towards the development of a photon-sensing solution for the nEXO experiment. He is currently a postdoc at Princeton University working for the Darkside-20k dark matter experiment on the light detection subsystem.

Molecular and Materials Science

Prof. Robert Cava
(Princeton University)

Robert's research is in the chemistry of materials, the relationships between chemistry, bonding, crystal structure, and the electronic and magnetic properties of non-molecular solids, as well as the solid state chemistry and properties of superconductors, magnetic materials, thermoelectrics, topological insulators, and geometrically frustrated magnets and correlated electron systems. 

Dr. Alannah Hallas

Alannah an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UBC. Her research program is focused on the design, discovery, and crystal growth of new quantum materials, leveraging a wide range of advanced crystal growth techniques. Her group characterizes the quantum magnetic properties of their materials using μSR and neutron scattering techniques.  

Dr. Victoria Karner

Victoria is a joint postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Life Sciences and Centre for Molecular and Materials Science at TRIUMF. Her work focuses primarily of the applications of beta-detected nuclear magnetic resonance (betaNMR) to studies of soft materials and biomolecules.

Life Sciences

Prof. Raymond Reilly (University of Toronto)

Raymond Reilly’s research focuses on developing novel radiopharmaceutical agents to detect and treat cancer. His work involves discovery, preclinical development and clinical translation of these agents for molecular imaging or molecularly targeted radiotherapy of cancer.

Dayna Latney
(UC San Diego)

Dayna received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Master’s degree in Medical Physics from San Diego State University. Her graduate research has focused on the radiobiological mechanisms contributing to the FLASH Effect and characterization of variable RBE for applications in clinical radiotherapy. In the fall she will be attending the University at Buffalo to pursue a PhD in Medical Physics. 

Dr. Andrea Amstrong
(McMaster University)

Andrea has led the universities radioisotope research and development program since 2009. Her research centres on reactor-based isotope production including the discovery, translation, and commercialization of novel medical technologies. She holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Calgary.

Accelerator Science

Prof. Dr. Hamid Ait Abderrahim

Prof. Dr. Hamid Aït Abderrahim is the Deputy Director General of SCK-CEN, the Belgian nuclear research center. He lectures reactor physics and nuclear engineering at the "Université Catholique de Louvain" (UC Louvain) at the mechanical engineering department of the EPL.

Dr. Dalini Maharaj 

Dalini is a postdoctoral fellow at TRIUMF. She graduated from McMaster University, where she worked on the synthesis of novel materials which are theoretically predicted to exhibit exotic magnetic properties. Currently she is focused on studying potential targets and moderator for a future compact accelerator neutron source.

Dr. Ramona Leewe

Ramona Leewe received her Ph.D. on sliding-mode extremum seeking control with application to radio frequency cavity tuning from Simon Fraser University in 2017. She is now a research scientist at TRIUMF. Her current research interest focuses on extremum seeking controller and fault diagnostic in accelerating cavity systems.

Scientific Computing

Dr. May Siksik

May is the Business Development and Strategic Partnerships director at the Quantum Algorithms Institute. She also serves as the Mitacs business development director for quantum computing. May has an extensive experience working with SMEs and Fortune 500 companies in several areas including quantum and high performance computing, AI, cybersecurity, and functional safety.  

Dr. Dilia Maria Portillo Quintero

Dilia's research focuses on the search for dark matter particles and for physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics with the ATLAS detector at LHC. Also, she works in the development of novel techniques for hadronic shower reconstruction and calibration in ATLAS. Currently, she is a postdoc at TRIUMF based at CERN in Geneva. 

Dr. Nick Prouse

Nick completer a PhD at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Southampton, where he studied neutrino phenomenology and neutrons in the intermediate detector for Hyper-Kamiokande. Currently, he is a postdoc at TRIUMF working on both the Hyper-Kamiokande and Super-Kamiokande collaborations.