SNOLAB Experiment Advisory Committee

Stew picture.jpgStew Smith (Chair)

A. J. Stewart Smith is Senior Scientist and Class of 1909 Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University. A UBC graduate, he received his doctorate in physics from Princeton in 1966 and joined the faculty the following year after a postdoctoral stint at the then-new Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, Germany. He chaired the Princeton Physics Department from 1990 to 1998. More advancements followed: He unified and expanded Princeton’s research operations as the University’s first dean for research from 2006 to 2013, before embarking on the new position of University vice president for PPPL, which the University manages for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). As a visiting scientist at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in the 1990s and early 2000s, he was in charge of a multinational team of 600 physicists and engineers when it found a stunning new example of an asymmetry in nature that helps to explain why the universe contains stars, planets and people rather than nothing at all. Stewart has chaired the EAC since 2007.


Corina Andreoiu.pngCorina Andreoiu

Andreoiu obtained her PhD at Lund University in Sweden (2002), and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Liverpool, UK (2002-2003), before taking up her second postdoctoral position at the University of Guelph in Canada (2003-2005).  In 2007 Andreoiu joined the Department of Chemistry at Simon Fraser University as an Assistant Professor and was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2014.  An established experimental nuclear scientist, Prof.  Andreoiu’s research is focused on γ-ray spectroscopy to study the structure of exotic nuclei far from stability and high-precision mass measurement using rare isotope beams provided by the ISAC facility and the new ARIEL driver located at TRIUMF in Vancouver, Canada.  Such studies are important to understand the detailed nuclear structure of exotic elements situated far from the stable elements on Earth, and simultaneously their role in the creation of heavy elements in the Universe through stellar processes.  During her career Andreoiu authored and co-authored 139 papers.  Andreoiu has been the recipient of the Canada Foundation of Innovation (CFI) Leaders Opportunity award and British Columbia (BC) Knowledge and Development Award, and supported her research and students by NSERC Subatomic Physics (SAP) Individual Discovery Grants (2007-2009; 2010-2014) in γ-ray spectroscopy.  More recently, Andreoiu has become more involved in larger team projects and led a 3-year NSERC SAP Project to study nuclei involved in double β decay using ion traps and semiconductor detectors, and is a co-recipient of a large 5-year NSERC SAP Project Grant to study nuclei using large spectrometers at TRIUMF.  Andreoiu is also involved in complementary experiments at other laboratories in Europe such as ILL Grenoble in France and INFN Legnaro in Italy.  Over the years Andreoiu trained 10 graduate students, 5 postdoctoral fellows and 12 undergraduate students at SFU and TRIUMF Andreoiu is also dedicated instructor, mentor, and science communicator.  She is the Chair-Elect of the Division of Nuclear Physics (2017-2019) within the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP), was the Canadian Institute of Physics Chair of Training and Education (2010-2015), and served as the CAP Director of Student Affairs (2017-2018).  In addition to reviewing a wide range of grants and manuscripts, she served on a US National Science Foundation (NSF) panel for experimental nuclear physics.  Andreoiu has been very active in conference, workshop, and student summer school organization.  Examples include being the Financial Chair for the international 2014 Nuclear Structure Conference held Vancouver, organizing the Summer Lectures on Coulomb Excitation Techniques with Radioactive Beams at TRIUMF (2011), Chair of the 2011 Winter Nuclear and Particle Physics Conference held in Banff, AB.  

Cadonati5-e1424725924440.jpgLaura Cadonati 

Dr. Laura Cadonati is a Professor with the School of Physics  and the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics at at Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research interests include gravitational waves and particle astrophysics, with focus on the detection, characterization and astrophysical interpretation of short-duration gravitational wave signals that are produced by cataclysmic astrophysical events such as the collisions of black holes or core collapse supernovae.  She is a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) since 2002, and a past member of the Borexino solar neutrino experiment at Gran Sasso.
Dr. Cadonati is deputy spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and past chair of the LIGO Data Analysis Council, and has as experience in creating and leading a National Science Foundation-supported LIGO group as a single investigator. She received her undergraduate degree in Italy, with a Laurea in Physics at the University of Milano, and a Ph.D. in Physics from Princeton University. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, has chaired in the Division of Gravity of the American Physical Society,  and was awarded an NSF Career Award.
Her term with the Experiment Advisory Committee begins in the Fall of 2018.


Ghag.pngChamkaur Ghag

Chamkaur Ghag graduated from Queen Mary University of London with an MSci in Physics in 2003 before moving to the University of Edinburgh to begin his PhD. His research focused on direct Dark Matter searches and developing low background instruments capable of recording extremely rare and faint signals from particle interactions. In particular, he worked on directional Time Projection Chambers (TPC) with gaseous targets and the construction and exploitation of the DRIFT-II Dark Matter experiment at Boulby Mine. In 2006 Chamkaur began work with the ZEPLIN-II and ZEPLIN-III experiments at Boulby, operating the early liquid xenon TPCs and pioneering this now leading technology in the search for dark matter. Chamkaur moved to UCLA in 2011where he worked on the XENON100 experiment at Gran Sasso before taking up a faculty position at UCL in 2012 where he started the dark matter group, joining the LUX dark matter search experiment based at SURF. Chamkaur Ghag is one of the founding members of the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment that brings together the LUX and ZEPLIN programmes to deliver the most ambitious direct Dark Matter experiment yet. LZ is currently under construction and will begin operations in 2020. He co-leads the crucial Backgrounds and Screening Work Package that ensures the experiment meets its low-background construction requirements, and delivers the high-precision Background Model against which any potential signal will be evaluated. Low-background construction is achieved through the world-class infrastructure he has developed in the UK. This includes gamma-spectroscopy at Boulby, where Chamkaur is Principal Investigator of the Boulby Underground Germanium Suite (BUGS), and a new cutting-edge mass-spectrometry facility at UCL. Dr. Ghag presently leads development of a novel radon emanation facility at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory to complement this capability. In 2016 he was appointed Chair of the Dark Matter UK (DMUK) Consortium that brings together the UK’s Dark Matter researchers. Chamkaur was also made Chair of the STFC’s Particle Astrophysics Advisory Panel (PAAP) in 2016, having served as Deputy Chair since 2014. Other roles include membership of the Institute of Physics Astroparticle Physics Group and the STFC Boulby Science Advisory Group. His term with the EAC committee begins in the Spring of 2019.

kahn_yoni190729-02.jpgYonatan Kahn

Yonatan (Yoni) Kahn’s research is focused on dark matter and its detection strategies. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from MIT and holds undergraduate degrees in music, physics, and mathematics from Northwestern University. After postdoctoral positions at Princeton University and the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP) at the University of Chicago, Yoni joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2019 as an assistant professor. A theorist who works closely with experimentalists, Yoni has proposed numerous detection strategies which have been incorporated into experiments, including the ABRACADABRA axion dark matter experiment, the PTOLEMY experiment at Gran Sasso to search for cosmic neutrinos and sub-GeV dark matter, and a prototype organic-molecule detector for sub-GeV dark matter. In 2018, Yoni was a member of the Cross-Cutting panel of the US Department of Energy Basic Research Needs study on Dark Matter New Initiatives. His term with the Experimental Advisory Committee begins in spring 2020.


pocar copy.jpgAndrea Pocar

Andrea Pocar is a Professor of Physics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research interests include the exploration of neutrino properties and of the nature of dark matter. In particular, he searches for neutrino-less double beta decay of Xenon-136 with the nEXO experiment, of which he chairs the Collaboration Board. He is also a member of the DarkSide collaboration searching for weakly-interating particle dark matter and the Borexino solar neutrino experiment, both at Gran Sasso. He contributes his expertise in ultra-low background detector technology to these pioneering rare-event projects. Dr. Pocar received a Laurea degree in Physics from the University of Milan, Italy, and a Ph.D. in physics from Princeton University. His begins his term with the EAC committee in February 2020.

Stefan picture.JPGStefan Schönert 

Stefan Schönert holds the Chair for Astroparticle Physics at the Physics Department of the Technical University Munich. Stefan studied physics at the Universities in Hanover and Munich and did his doctorate at the TU Munich with experiments at the Institut Laue Langevin Grenoble and at the Bugey reactor in France. This was followed by positions as a Marie Curie Fellow in Milan, research assistant and project responsible of the Technical University of Munich at the LNGS Gran Sasso and Visiting Associate Professor at the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research, University of Tokyo, before joining the MPIK as head of the independent junior research group „Neutrino Physics“. He has been founding spokesperson of the GERDA collaboration and co-spokesperson of the new LEGEND experiment. He is a Max-Planck-Fellow at the MPP Munich and has been awarded a prestigious Advanced Grant of the European Research Council recently. Stefan has been a member of the EAC since the Summer of 2016.

Vagins-Mark Profile.jpgMark Vagins 

Mark Vagins is a Professor of Physics at the University of Tokyo's Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU).  He also holds a joint appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Physics & Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine.  Mark has spent the past twenty-four years in the field of astrophysical neutrinos, including sixteen years as the American convener of Super-Kamiokande’s solar and supernova neutrino group.  Mark's research is focused on developing new methods of observing neutrinos, both through the enhancement of existing detectors like Super-Kamiokande and via the design and construction of future facilities. One of his main goals is to measure, for the first time, the diffuse supernova neutrino background (DSNB), often called the“relic” supernova neutrinos. As co-spokesperson of WATCHMAN, he is also a leader in the new field of using antineutrinos for remote reactor monitoring in a non-proliferation context.  Mark has been an EAC member since the Spring of 2015.

weigand.jpgJan Weigand

Jan J. Weigand obtained his diploma in chemistry in 2002 and his Dr. rer nat. in 2005 from the LMU in Munich. He was awarded in 2005 with the Bavarian culture prize and obtained a Lynen Scholarship from the AvH foundation for postdoctoral research at Dalhousie University in Halifax (Canada). He returned to Germany with a “Lynen Return Fellowship” and started his habilitation at the WWU Münster end of 2007 under the supervision of Prof. Hahn. He was awarded shortly after with the Liebig scholarship of the FCI which allowed him in 2008 to start his independent career. In April 2010 he became fellow of the very prestigious Emmy Noether research program awarded by the DFG and obtained recently the Wöhler research award for young scientist. Very recently, in July 2012, he also obtained from the EC (European council) an “ERC starting grant” which additionally funds his research for another 5 years. Since 1.01.2013 he is Full-Professor at the TU University Dresden.  His group is interested in multiply charged and neutral main group element compounds, their reactivities in synthesis and sustainable applications and inorganic coordination chemistry. Since 1.02.2015 he is professor for inorganic molecular chemistry at the TU Dresden and since this time he research focus now also includes industrial inorganic chemistry and heterogeneous catalysis.