Committee

President -- Rebecca Bowler

Becca is a post-doctoral researcher in astronomy. To find out a bit more about our new president, we fired off a few questions, and here are her answers!
Contact: rebecca.bowler[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk

Vice President -- Rebecca Andrews

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Hiya, my name is Becky and I am a first year DPhil student at Wolfson. I went to St Andrews for undergrad, where I focused my honours modules on lasers and biophotonics. I now work in biological physics, using fluorescence microscopy to investigate bacterial transcription. I believe gender should never influence the career you choose. Suppose you could say I am a STEMinist.
Contact: rebecca.andrews[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk

Secretary -- Amy Hughes

Hi! I'm Amy and I'm a first year DPhil student at University College. I did my undergraduate degree here at Oxford, specialising in lasers, quantum information processing and condensed matter physics, and am now working in trapped ion quantum computing. Outside physics, I enjoy rowing and an unnecessary amount of baking.
Contact: amy.hughes(at)physics.ox.ac.uk

Treasurer -- Calvados Che

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Heya, my name is Calvados (just call me Calv for short) and I am a second year Physics undergraduate in Jesus college. It has always been an arduous task for me to pick my area of interest since my curiosity for the world around me is constantly overflowing. in the first year, I chose Astrophysics as my short option and it really provided me with a resourceful insight into the application of technology as well as the big theory behind natural phenomenon. This year we have a few more applied options such as ‘classical mechanics’ and also more theoretical l ones such as the ‘philosophy behind the theory of special relativity’. (Told you, you will never get bored in Oxford :DD) Apart from Science-related interests, I am a huge fan of humanity as well, including theatre, drama and literature; cheesy sports like frisbee and archery are also my thing. I am a foodie. ;D Joining the Oxford University Woman in Physics society means you are at the frontier of a global movement, gender equality among STEM students. I am very proud of my own college, which has been able to achieve exact gender equality in the past two years for Physics subject. Not to mention how much faith I have in Oxford university as a whole to be the leader in this prospected trend.
Contact: yinyan.che(at)jesus.ox.ac.uk

Events -- Kathryn Jones

Hi, my name’s Kathryn and I’m a second year Physics undergraduate at Mansfield College. I am really enjoying my time studying at Oxford, especially getting involved in the ‘Women in Physics Society’! It's something I feel creates a wonderful community of support and advice for women in science at Oxford. Last year, I was a part of the undergraduate mentoring scheme, which the society runs. Getting the chance to talk to an older physicist and ask advice had been very useful and I think it’s a fantastic means of support. In terms of interests in physics, I really enjoy astrophysics and particle physics and so I am looking forward to studying in these areas more in the next couple of years! Since coming to Oxford I have started rowing for the college boat club which has been a lot of fun. Outside of work I also enjoy socialising with my friends and going to interesting lectures.
Contact: kathryn.jones[AT]mansfield.ox.ac.uk

Events -- Catherine Hale

Hi, I am Catherine and I am a first year DPhil Student in Astrophysics, looking at galaxy evolution. I am at Merton College and also did my Undergraduate there and so I have a really good idea of what Physics and Oxford is like! Outside of physics I love it when I get time to do some baking, head to the cinema, hang out with friends or go for walks around the city, Oxford is a really beautiful place!
Contact: catherine.hale(at)physics.ox.ac.uk

Events -- Anu Unnikrishnan

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Hi, my name's Anu and I'm a third year DPhil student at Trinity College. I work in quantum information theory, looking at trust and verification in quantum cryptography. Before this, I did my undergrad at Leeds. During my year abroad, I got to attend the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in California, which really inspired me to get involved in similar events!
Contact: anupama.unnikrishnan[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk

Events -- Zahra Gomes

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Hi! I’m a second year DPhil student studying Astrophysics and I’m at Somerville College. My work focuses on making cosmological measurements using large galaxy surveys. I am from Trinidad and Tobago and did my undergrad in Phyiscs and Mathematics there at the University of the West Indies. I enjoy living in Oxford and love to take walks or have picnics in one of the parks where I particularly like to see the ducks swimming or the dogs playing.
Contact: zahra.gomes[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk

Mentoring Programme Coordinator -- Alex Ramadan

I am a post-doctoral researcher in condensed matter physics. My research focus is on perovskite materials for solar cells, in particular using materials characterisation techniques to understand their structural and electronic properties. Before working at Oxford I did a PhD in Physics and MSc in Chemistry at Imperial College London where my research focussed on organic semiconducting materials for optoelectronic devices. Renewable energy is an area of research I’m very passionate about and perovskite and organic materials have the potential to offer a cheaper, more versatile alternative to conventional solar energy technologies.
Contact: alexandra.ramadan[AT]physics.ox.ac.uk

Undergraduate Representative -- Maria Violaris

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Hi! I’m Maria and I’m a second year physics undergraduate at Magdalen College. I’ve really enjoyed my first year studying Physics and I’m excited to learn more about how it underlies reality – as well as to explore more of Oxford! Outside physics I enjoy dancing ballet, tap and hip-hop, playing the violin and reading fiction.
Contact: maria.violaris[AT]magd.ox.ac.uk

Web & Social Media -- Anna-Lena Sahlberg

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I am a postdoctoral researcher in Atomic and Laser Physics, working with laser diagnostics in combustion. Before coming here, I completed my PhD at Lund University in Sweden on the application of non-linear mid-infrared laser techniques for combustion diagnostics. During my free time I enjoy reading novels, walking around the city and countryside and working on my crochet projects.
Contact: anna-lena.sahlberg(at)physics.ox.ac.uk

Outreach -- Leah Morabito

I am a postdoctoral researcher in Astrophysics, with a focus on the evolution of galaxies and the super-massive black holes that live at their centres. I recently completed my PhD at Leiden University in the Netherlands, where I focussed on using low frequency radio astronomy to study galaxy evolution. Before that, I earned my MSc at the University of Oklahoma, following six years in an aviation career field in the United States Air Force. I did my undergraduate studies in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Michigan, where I co-founded the Society for Women in Physics. I am extremely passionate about promoting women and minorities in STEM fields, and have been involved in many outreach and mentoring projects over the years.
Contact: leah.morabito(at)physics.ox.ac.uk

Representatives and Advisors:

Faculty Representative and CUWiP Coordinator -- Professor Daniela Bortoletto

Daniela Bortoletto is a professor of experimental particle physics who uses powerful accelerators for exploring the energy frontier and investigating the most fundamental constituents of the Universe. She is a co-discoverer of the Higgs boson and the top quark. She is currently studying the properties of the Higgs boson and searching for new physics at the LHC. In addition she plays an important role in the development of instrumentation for particle detection. Daniela was the E. M. Purcell distinguished Professor of Physics at Purdue University before joining the University of Oxford in 2013. She has received numerous awards including an U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She is the author of over 700 physics papers. Daniela is a sought-after lecturer and advisor about particle physics. She has been a member of the U.S. Particle Physics Projects Prioritization Panel (P5), the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) to the U.S. Department Of Energy (DOE) and NSF, and the Mathematical and Physical Science Advisory Committee (MPSAC) to the NSF. She is currently the Chair of the Fermilab Program Advisory Committee. Daniela is passionate about gender issues in physics and increasing female participation in physics and other sciences.
Contact: daniela.bortoletto@physics.ox.ac.uk

Graduate Representative -- Currently seeking

Get in touch if you would like to be our graduate representative!

Postdoctoral Representative -- Aprajita Verma

I'm a research fellow and Deputy Project Scientist for the UK E-ELT programme working in the sub-department of Astrophysics. I got my BSc and PhD at Imperial College London, followed by a short post-doc, and then moved to the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany. My research is based on understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies. In particular, my work focusses on determining the properties of star-forming and black hole hosting galaxies and the role of dust and metallicity in their evolution. I am very interested in outreach and am co-PI of the Citizen Science Project Space Warps (spacewarps.org), a search for gravitational lenses.
Contact: averma@astro.ox.ac.uk
View my web page here.

Staff Representative -- Carrie Leonard-McIntyre

Carrie is originally from South Africa, where she conducted her undergraduate degree. She currently works as the Assistant Head of Teaching (Academic) in the Department predominantly involved in undergraduate matters. She immensely enjoys working with students and providing them with every opportunity to make the most of their time and education.
Contact: c.leonard-mcintyre@physics.ox.ac.uk

Previous presidents of OxWiP:

  • Androula Alekou (2015 - 2016)
  • Jena Meinecke (2013 - 2015)

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