Mariangela Lisanti

2013 Regional Award Finalist — Post-Doc

Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Physics

Princeton University

Nuclear & Particle Physics

Recognized for: Studies focused at the interface of theoretical and experimental high energy physics and astrophysics, improving the search for new physics in collider data and dark matter experiments

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise:  LHC collider phenomenology, direct and astrophysical detection of dark matter, theories beyond the Standard Model, substructure and galaxy formation


PhD, Physics, Stanford University
BA, Physics, Harvard University

Mariangela Lisanti is a theoretical physicist with diverse research interests, who has contributed significant results to high energy physics, dark matter studies, and astrophysics. She is best known for her work on the phenomenology of new physics in collider experiments, such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Lisanti worked extensively on the design of search strategies for new particles in collider data and has championed the approach of “simplified models”, which are described by a small number of parameters directly related to collider physics observables. This approach has improved the robustness and sensitivity of the searches and is now universally adopted by the LHC collaborations.

Lisanti’s research also stretches into theoretical particle astrophysics, to which she contributed theoretical models describing dark matter, its astrophysical distribution and experimental signature. Her research activities have led to collaborations with several experimental and theoretical research groups at Princeton and other institutions, including the Institute for Advanced Study, Rutgers, and NYU.

“We are in the midst of a data-driven era in particle physics that will hopefully shed light on new physics possibilities.  I am eager to continue contributing to this field during such an exciting period.”

Key Publications:

  1. Cohen T, Izaguirre E, Lisanti M, Lou HK. Jet substructure by accidentJHEP. 2013; 1303:161.
  2. Cohen T, Lisanti M, Slatyer T, Wacker J. Illuminating the 130 GeV line with continuum photonsJHEP. 2012; 1210:134.
  3. Kuhlen M, Lisanti M, Spergel D. Direct detection of dark matter debris flowsPhys Rev D. 2012; 86:063505.
  4. Alwall J, Le M-P, Lisanti M, Wacker J. Model-independent jets plus missing energy searches. Phys Rev D. 2009; 79:015005.

Other Honors

Block Award, Aspen Center for Phyiscs, 2012
NSF LHC Theory Initiative Fellowship, 2010
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, 2007