I spent my student years being bothered by quantum nonlocality, but eventually discovered that not being able to do maths would prove less of a problem if I became an experimental physicist. After interning at the JET laboratory, learning about IDL and spectral deconvolution, I joined the LHCb collaboration and have worked there ever since.
Now I divide my time between thinking about the myriad contradictions in our theories of the microscopic and macroscopic universe, and building real-time analysis systems to help LHCb probe these contradictions to ever higher precisions. I am also involved in the International Masterclass programme and regularly work with students at the Petnica Science Centre, trying to make the next generation as excited about fundamental science as I am.
Life is too short for most social media, but I do tweet @particleist --- not necessarily about science.
In 2016 I was lucky enough to get funding for my work through the ERC Consolidator Grant programme. My project, RECEPT, will study electron-muon and muon-tau lepton universality in the decays of beauty and strange hadrons, exploiting data taken with both the present and upgraded LHCb detector. The latter is a particular challenge as the upgraded LHCb detector will have to process, in real time, 5 TB of data per second, and perform most of the physics data analysis within this real-time system. RECEPT’s researchers will conduct research into novel reconstruction and data processing techniques, and subsequently deploy them in order to allow the upgraded LHCb detector to reach its full potential.