Postdoctoral Researchers and Research Associates
Adam Matyja (Aug. 2016 - Dec. 2017) Adam was involved in the gain calibration of the ALICE Time Projection Chamber (TPC) with the radioactive krypton, time calibration of the ALICE EMCal as well as photon, meson and jet studies within ALICE. Adam was the EMCal photon analysis group convener while at UTK. Currently a research assistant professor at Cracow.
Abhisek Sen: Postdoctoral Research Associate. Abhisek received his Ph.D. in 2012 from Georgia State University and was part of RHIP from 2013 to 2015. His thesis was on beam energy dependence of J/ψ production at forward rapidities in PHENIX. In our group he focused on data analysis from the PHENIX muon arms and forward vertex detector (FVTX), in particular J/ψ, ψ' and single-muon measurements in asymmetric systems, and on $b\barb$ in p+p collisions. He is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Iowa State University.
Natasha Sharma: Postdoctoral Research Associate. Natasha received her Ph.D. in 2012 from Panjab University, Chandigarh (India). She has worked in the RHIP group since 2014. Her thesis work was on light (anti) nuclei identification and contributed to the first observation of the anti-alpha by the ALICE Experiment.In our group she has continued work on nuclei production as well as on studies of jet-hadron correlations and transverse energy in ALICE. She holds a research position at Panjab University.
Josh Hamblen: Postdoctoral Research Associate from 2006 to 2009. Josh worked on the ALICE experiment in support of the ALICE EMCal. Josh is currently an assistant professor at UT Chattanooga.
Youngil Kwon: Joined RHIP in October 2004. He is particular interested in issues related to open charm production at RHIC energies. Current position: Professor at Yonsei University in Korea.
Vasily Dzhordzhadze: RHIP member from 2002 to 2004. Responsible for the RHIP group's onsite activities at the PHENIX MuID detector at RHIC. Current position: Researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Laurence Villatte: RHIP member from 2001 to 2002 Current position: Staff position in the French Nuclear Industry Commissioning of MuId detector. Analysis of first data from Muon Arm detector in PHENIX.
George Gogiberidze: RHIP member from 2001 to 2002 Current position: Senior Imaging Scientist at CurveBeam. Commissioning of MuId detector. Responsible for PHENIX on-site activities.
Kyle Pope: RHIP member from 1997 to 2000 Design and implementation of the off-line computing system for the PHENIX experiment and development of analysis algorithms for the muon arm system within this experiment.
Mark Pollack: RHIP member from 1997 to 1998. Design and implementation of the off-line computing system for the PHENIX experiment with special emphasis on data retrieval. Current position: Senior Staff Engineer at Pivotal Software, Inc.
Victor Perevotchikov: Research Associate from 1995 to 1998 Current position: Research Scientist with STAR at Brookhaven National Laboratory Design and implementation of the off-line computing system for the PHENIX experiment
David Morrison: Post-doctoral Research Associate from 1994 to 1997 Current position: Staff Scientist with PHENIX at Brookhaven National Laboratory Analysis and operation of hadronic calorimeter data from the WA98 collaboration at CERN. Design and implementation of the PHENIX off-line computing system.
Rebecca Scott: (Aug. 2008 - Nov. 2016) (PhD) Rebecca's doctoral thesis was on heavy flavor production at high pT in pp and p+Pb collisions through measurements of non-photonic electrons in ALICE. Currently at Lockheed-Martin in Fort Worth, TX.
Kyle Schmoll: (Aug. 2010 - July. 2017) (PhD) Kyle's doctoral research was on single muon production at forward rapidities in Cu+Au in PHENIX. Currently at Uptycs in Boston, MA.
Joel Mazer: (Aug. 2010 - Nov. 2016) (PhD) Joel's doctoral thesis was on the reaction plane dependence of medium modications to jets using jet-hadron correlations in ALICE. Currently a post-doc at Rutgers University.
Biswas Sharma: Masters Student. (Aug. 2017 - July 2018) Biswas's thesis research was on an analysis of the data produced by the STAR Beam Energy Scan program to study the scaling of the resulting transverse energy with collision energy and with the number of participating nucleons.
Irakli Garishvili: (Ph.D.) Graduate student. Joined RHIP in 2003. Graduated with a Ph.D. in December 2009. Thesis: "Open heavy flavor measurement at forward angles for Cu+Cu collisions at center of mass NN collision energy 200 GeV." Current Position: Postdoc at Oak Ridge National Lab.
Irakli Martashvili: (M.S.) Graduated in 2014. Irakli worked on the ALICE experiment studying heavy flavor and supporting the EMCal. Current Position: Medical Physicist at EVEX Medical Corporation.
Archil Garishvili: (M.S.) Graduate student. Joined RHIP in 2009. Graduated with a MS in December 2011. Thesis: “Nuclear modification factor for production of open heavy flavor at forward rapidity in Cu+Cu collisions.” Current Position: Analyst with ABC Pharma.
Dwayne John: (M.S.) 2006 - 2009. Thesis: “Nuclear modification factor (RAA) in √sNN = 200 GeV Cu+Cu collisions at forward rapidity.” Current Position at Oak Ridge National Laboratory related to user support for high performance computing.
Donald Hornback: (Ph.D) Joined RHIP in 2002. Graduated with a Ph.D. in August 2008. Thesis: “A measurement of open charm using single muons at forward angles for p+p collisions at center of mass energy 200 Gev." Current Position: R&D Staff at Oak Ridge National Lab.
Andrew Glenn: (Ph.D) Graduated with a Ph.D. on October 1, 2004. Thesis: "Single Muon Production and Implications for Charm in sqrt(sNN)=200 GeV Au+Au Collisions." Current Position: Research Staff at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Jason Newby: (Ph.D) Graduated with a Ph.D. in September 2003. Thesis: "J/Psi Production in Au-Au Collisions at sqrt(s) = 200 A GeV." Current Position: Research Staff in the Global Nuclear Security Technology Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Saskia Mioduszeski: (Ph.D) Graduated with a Ph.D. in 1999. Thesis: Centrality Dependence of Antiproton Production in p+A Collisions at 17.5 GeV/c and 12.3 GeV/c." Current Position: Faculty member in the Physics Department at Texas A&M.
Sam Held: (M.S.) Graduated with a MS in 1999. Thesis: "J/Psi Production and Absorption in High Energy Nuclear Collisions. Current position: Project Manager at Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.
Alex Aukerman (Jan. 2017 – May 2018)
Nathan Webb (Jan. 2018 – May 2018)
Tony Perez (Aug. 2014 – May 2017, Graduate student, University of Illinois, Chicago)
Tara Skiba (Aug. 2016 – May 2017, UTK physics undergraduate)
Caroline Bowen: Caroline worked with the RHIP group in Summer 2014 and studied jet-hadron correlations in Pb+Pb collisions in ALICE.
Ted Corcovilos: Graduated with a BS in Physics in 1999. PhD from Caltech in 2008 Current Position: Assistant Professor of Physics at Duquesne University.