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About me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Physics department at the University of Maryland, College Park. As an experimental particle physicist, I study fundamental particles colliding at high energies to try understand the universe more deeply.

I studied Ingeniería Industrial (electro-mechanical engineering) at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas ICAI in Madrid, Spain. Fairly early on, however, I realized that my passion lay with the more fundamental sciences, so in parallel I completed about 75% of the Physics degree at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

I earned my PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University in 2012 under the wonderful supervision of Vera Lüth. For my thesis, I worked on the BaBar experiment at the SLAC PEP-II rings where we found evidence for an excess of B→D(*)τν decays significant at the 3.4 σ level. Subsequent measurements by the Belle and LHCb experiments have increased the significance of the excess to 4 σ. These results seem to challenge the Standard Model’s fundamental principle of lepton universality, so this is an area that to this date elicits great interest in the particle physics community.

After my PhD, I did a postdoc at UC Santa Barbara working with Jeff Richman. I joined the CMS experiment at the time of the LHC energy increasing to 13 TeV, so it was an exciting time to search for Supersymmetry (alas, we did not manage to find it). During this time, I also led the production of the Optical DAQ MotherBoards for the Cathode Strip Chambers (CSCs) in the CMS muon system and helped manage the CSC group as coordinator of the Phase-2 upgrade and deputy project manager.

Currently at the University of Maryland and the LHCb experiment, my research focuses on flavor physics, particularly searches for lepton universality violation, as well as the development of the readout electronics for the new Upstream Tracker detector.