As a graduate student at Cornell, I was a Quantum Diaries (US LHC) regular blogger (2009 - 2013) and have since done a postdoc at the University of California, Irvine and am now a faculty member in the particle theory group at the University of California, Riverside. I periodically cross-post blogs between Quantum Diaries and ParticleBites.
Old Quantum Diaries Bio:
I'm a graduate student at Cornell University's Laboratory for Elementary Particle Physics working on theoretical particle physics. My work focuses on extensions of the Standard Model and their signatures at the Large Hadron Collider. In particular, I've been looking at models of supersymmetry and extra dimensions that can elucidate the nature of electroweak symmetry breaking (why particles have mass) and CP violation (why matter and antimatter are different).
I grew up in Los Angeles and have been a California boy through most of my life. I became hooked on physics after reading Lawrence Krauss' "The Physics of Star Trek," which probably makes me doubly-geeky. I did my undergraduate studies in physics and mathematics at Stanford University during the heyday of the BaBar B-factory. I then spent two years studying physics in the United Kingdom under a Marshall Scholarship, splitting my time between the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology at Durham University. I've since returned to the U.S. to do my Ph.D. at Cornell University.
Outside of physics I enjoy swimming and hanging out at farmer's markets. I yearn for the time when my academic career will be stable enough that I'll be able to have a dog.