Daniela Bortoletto

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Daniela Bortoletto



  • Head, Subdepartment of Particle Physics University of Oxford 2018-present
  • Professor University of Oxford 2013-present
  • Deputy scientific coordinator of the EU Network AIDA 2020 (2015-present)
  • Senior Kurti Fellow at Brasenose College 2015-present
  • E. M. Purcell Distinguished Professor Purdue University 2009-2013
  • Professor Purdue University 2001-2009
  • Associate Professor Purdue University 1995-2001
  • Assistant Professor Purdue University 1992-1995


  • Fellow, Institute of Physics (Elected 2015)
  • Fellow, American Association Advancement of Science (Elected 2013)
  • Fellow, American Physical Society (Elected 2004).
  • Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, Physics Department, Purdue University (2004)
  • Early Career Award (NSF) Award (1997-2002)
  • Career Advancement Award, National Science Foundation (1994)
  • Purdue University Fellow (1999-2004)
  • Alfred P. Sloan fellow (1994-1996)
  • Member of Collegio Ghislieri (1977-1981)


  • Member of the UK STFC LBNF DUNE PIP-II Oversight Committee (2019-present)
  • Member of the IFCA Advisory Committee, Spain (2019-present)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel for be.h Excellence of Science program, Belgium (2018- present)
  • Member of the UK STFC Consolidated Grant Panel (2017-present)
  • Member of the STFC Detectors and Instrumentation Strategic Review (2018)
  • Member of the evaluation Panel of the VUB Strategic Research Programs in the domain Basic-Natural and Applied Sciences, Belgium (2017)
  • Collaboration board chair of EU AMVA4Newphysics (2015-2019)
  • Member of KM3NET Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (2016-2019)
  • Chair of the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) Program Advisory Committee (2014-2016)
  • Member of the FNAL Advisory Committee (2011-2016)
  • Editor of Nuclear Instrument and Methods (2015- present)
  • National advisor to the Division Particle and Fields Task Force on Instrumentation (2011-2013)
  • Elected member to the LHC Users organization (2011-2013)
  • Member of the Mathematical & Physical Sciences Advisory Committee to the U.S. National Science Foundation, 2008-2011, 2011-2014.
  • Member of the US NSF Committee of Visitors to Experimental Particle Physics (2009)
  • Member of High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP) to the US DOE and US NSF (2005-2008)
  • Member of the DOE review panel of the Career Awards (2011, 2019)
  • Member of the DOE Review Panel to evaluate the proton-proton program at the DOE national Laboratories 2009
  • Member of the Particle Physics Project Prioritization Panel (2005-2007, 2008, 2010)
  • Member External Review Committee Report Physics Department School of Physics and Astronomy University of Minnesota (2008)
  • Member of the U.S. NSF Experimental Particle Physics panel and LHC panel (2006)
  • Member Universities Research Association External Review Committee (2005, 2006)
  • Member, DoE Review Panel for Brookhaven National Laboratory (2000, 2001)
  • Elected Member of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Users Organization Executive Committee (2003-2006)
  • Elected Member Executive Committee Division of Particle and Fields of the APS (2003-2006)
  • Reviewer NIM, IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, JINST, JHEP
  • Reviewer US DOE (University, ADR, OJI, SBIR), US NSF (University and CAREER), Austrian Science Fund, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, EU ERC, Helmholtz, IFCA- Spain, IRIS-Cyprus, NWO-Netherland


  • Editor of Nuclear Instrument and Methods (2015- present)


  • UK CO-Coordinator of pixel module construction for the ITk
  • Leader of the Task force on ATLAS ITk Serial powering.


  • US coordinator and Level 2 manager of the US upgrade program for the HL-LHC (2007-2014)
  • Co-Convener of the CMS Phase 2 Upgrade Pixel Sensor group
  • Member of the CMS Phase 1 Pixel Upgrade Management Board (2010-2014)
  • Member of the CMS Phase 2 Tracker Upgrade Steering committee (2010-2014)
  • Level 3 Manager LHC US CMS Forward Pixel (2002-2009).


  • Coordinator of the METbb subgroup of the Higgs Discovery group (2008-2012)


Cecilia Tosciri, Luca Ambroz, Maria Giovanna Foti, Maria Mironova, Philipp Windischhofer, Kalyan Metodiev

Ph. D. STUDENTS at Oxford University:

  • Maryan Petrov “Search for heavy ZZ resonances in the →ZZ→2l2ν 1 using proton-proton collisions at √s== 13 TeV with the ATLAS detector at the LHC”, Dphil 2018, Data analyst with Siemens, Germany.
  • Luigi Vigani “Study of CMOS prototypes for the ATLAS detector upgrade and searches for invisible decays of the Higgs boson”, Dphil 2018, Post Doc, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Ph. D. STUDENTS at Purdue University :

  • Mark Kruse “Top dilepton decays”, Ph. D. 1996, Fuchsberg-Levine Family Professor of Physics, Duke University, USA.
  • Kara Hoffman, “Search for new physics in b jets proton-antiproton collisions at CDF”, Ph. D. 1998, Professor of Physics and Associate Chair University of Maryland, director of the Center for Experimental Particle Physics, USA.
  • Todd Keaffaber, “Measurement of the B cross section in proton-anti-proton collisions at CDF”, Ph. D. 2000, cofounder lushSensor, USA.
  • Arnold Pompos, “Search for the supersymmetric partner of the top quark in proton antiproton collisions at CDF”, Ph. D. 2002, Associate Professor, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, USA.
  • Carsten Rott, “Search for scalar bottom quarks from gluino decays in proton-proton collisions at a center of mass of 1.96 TeV”, Ph. D 2004, Associate Professor Sungkyunkwan University, Korea and Recipient of NSF Antarctica Service Medal
  • Michael Guenther, “Measurement of the time integrated mixing parameter in proton-anti-proton collisions at CDF”, Ph. D. 2005, affiliate Professor of Physics Grand Valley State University, USA.
  • Amitava Roy, “Design, Tests and Characteristics of CMS Pixel Sensors”, Ph. D 2005, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Branch, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious diseases, NIH, USA
  • Kim Giolo, “Measurements of B mesons lifetime in fully hadronic decays at the CDFII experiment”, Ph. D 2005, Internal Control Specialist and Performance Analyst, Cantonal Office of Social Insurance, Switzerland.
  • Anadi Canepa, “Search for chargino and neutralino in Run II of the Tevatron”, Ph. D. 2006, Senior Scientist, Head of the CMS Department at Fermilab, USA
  • Alessandro Grelli, Dottorato Internazionale, “Muon High Level Trigger Studies and Development for CERN Large Hadron Collider CMS Experiment’’, Ph. D. 2009, Assistant Professor Utrecht University, Netherland.
  • Viktor Veszpremi, “Search for the standard model Higgs boson in proton anti-proton collisions at a center of mass energy of 1.8 TeV”, Ph. D. 2007, staff member of ATOMKI Debrecen, Hungary.
  • Artur Apresyan, “Search for the standard model Higgs boson in proton anti-proton collisions at a center of mass energy of 1.8 TeV”, Ph. D. 2009, Associate Scientist, at Fermilab, USA. Recipient DOE Early Career Award ($2.5 M)
  • Ozhan Koybasi, “Production of CMS FPIX Detector Modules and Development of Novel Radiation Hard Silicon Sensors for Future Upgrades of the LHC’’, Ph.D. 2011, Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF, Norway.
  • Karolos Potamianos, “Search for the Higgs Boson and Rare Standard Model Processes in the MET +b-Jets Signatures at the Collider Detector at Fermilab”, Ph. D. 2011, Postdoctoral Fellow, DESY, Germany.
  • Qiuguang Liu, “Search for physics phenomena with jets and missing transverse energy at the Collider Detector at Fermilab”, 2013, Selfline Start up, Chicago, USA.
  • Jakub Zablocki, “Search for a Heavy Higgs Boson in the H→ZZ→2l2ν Channel in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the CMS Detector”, Ph. D. 2014, Amazon, USA.
  • Matthew Kress, “Search for a Heavy Higgs Boson in the H→ZZ→2l2q Channel in pp collisions at √s=8 TeV with the CMS Detector”, Ph. D. 2014, ‎Senior Member of Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, USA.
  • Mayur Bubna, “Development of ultra-radiation-hard silicon sensors for the high-luminosity upgrade of the LHC”, Ph. D. 2015, Senior R&D Engineer, Synopsis, USA


  • ATLAS (2014-present). Bortoletto’s group made significant contributions to the discovery of H→bb and the EFT interpretation of the result. Search for additional Higgs-like bosons decaying to H→ZZ→2l2ν and studies of the Higgs width. Contributions to improvements in the missing energy and the calibration of high momentum b tagging.
  • CMS (2008-2014) Search, discovery, and study of the Higgs Boson at CMS in H->ZZ ->4l. Bortoletto’s group contributed to increasing the efficiency for low momentum electrons for the Higgs discovery in 2012. Studies of the Higgs width using off-shell production of H→ZZ→2l2ν. Searches for additional Higgs-like bosons decaying to H→ZZ→2l2ν. Searches for invisible Higgs decays in ZH ->2l+ missing transverse energy.
  • CDF (1992-present) Searches for the Higgs, single top and Super Symmetric particles in final states with missing transverse energy and b-quarks. Coordinator of the missing energy and heavy quarks subgroup of the CDF Higgs discovery group from 2008 to 2012. The results of Bortoletto’s group on ZH→νν ̅bb ̅ contributed to the first evidence for Higgs boson decaying to H→bb ̅ from the TEVATRON and the first measurement of single top production. Searches for dark matter in events with single top and missing transverse energy. Searches for chargino-neutralino associated production in final states with 3 leptons and missing energy. Measurement of the top quark decaying into dileptons for the discovery of the top quark in 1995. Searches for new particles decaying into b-tagged di-jets. Measurements of B meson differential cross-section.
  • CLEO (1982-1989) Semileptonic B decayse and the measurement of the Cabibbo-Kobayashi-Maskawa matrix element Vcb .


  • ATLAS (2014-present) Bortoletto established with Shipsey the Oxford Particle Physics Microstructure Detector (OPMD) Laboratory, which is one of the UK centers for the assembly of the pixel detector modules for the HL-LHC.
  • Mu3e(2017-present) Development of novel ultra-low mass CMOS HVMAPs pixel tracker silicon sensor ladders to search for 𝜇→3e charged lepton flavor violating decays.
  • CMS (1996-2014) Construction of the CMS FPiX silicon pixel detector. Bortoletto was the level 3 manager for the design and testing of the sensors, the testing of readout chip (ROC), and the integration of the ROC to the sensors with bump bonding. Bortoletto’s group played also a critical role in the commissioning and operation of FPiX.
  • CDF (1992-2006) Construction of the CDF SVX silicon strip detector and development of the sensors, including the fabrication of six-inch sensors. Bortoletto’s group contributed significantly to the operation of SVXII.
  • R&D on radiation hard depleted CMOS detectors 3D and planar sensors for the High luminosity LHC (HL-LHC)
  • Establishment of the Purdue Particle Physics Microstructure Development (P3MD) facility at Purdue University, which contains two fully equipped clean rooms for the design, testing and assembly of detectors for High Energy Physics.


  • National and International Conferences
  • “New Development in Silicon Pixel Detectors”, FCC-ee-Workshop, CERN , Jan 2019 and 1st MUonE Collaboration Meeting, CERN, March 2019
  • “Detector R&D”, Plenary, ICHEP, Seoul, July 2018.
  • Plenary Summary Tracking Detector”, Workshop on the CEPC – EU Edition, Rome, May 2018
  • Search for non-standard, rare or invisible decays of the Higgs boson with the ATLAS detector, SUSY2017, Mumbai, India, 2017
  • “Depleted CMOS Detectors”, IOP Half Day Meeting, IOP, London, October 2017
  • “Depleted CMOS Detectors”, High Energy Physics Conference, Institute for Advanced Studies, Honk Kong University of Science and Technology, Honk Kong, January 2017
  • “Summary Talk”, Vertex 2016, Elba, Italy, September 2016
  • “Physics and Detectors for the LHC Upgrades”, Institute of Physics Particle, Astroparticle, and Nuclear Physics groups Conference 2015, Manchester, April 2015
  • “Measurements of the Higgs boson mass, width, and spin at the LHC”, Phenomenology 2014 Symposium, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA, May 2014.
  • “Colloquium: Instrumentation”, CSS 2013, Snowmass on the Mississippi, Minneapolis St. Paul, July 2013.
  • “Challenges for Instrumentation at the Energy Frontier”, Joint CPAD and Instrumentation Frontier Community Meeting, Argonne National Laboratory, January 2013.
  • “Higgs Searches at CMS: Observation of a narrow resonance near 125 GeV”, SLAC Topical conference, SLAC, July 2012. “Searches for the Standard Model Higgs Boson at the Tevatron”, Moriond QCD, Lathuile, Italy, March 2012.


  • “Silicon Detectors: Discoveries in Particle Physics and Future Challenges”, University of Warwick, 2018
  • “The LHC: exploring the frontiers of fundamental physics”, University of Cardiff, Colloquium, April 2016
  • .“From Hybrid Pixels to CMOS Devices for the LHC Camera”, Workshop and Advancement in Circuits and Electronics, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, Oxford, September 2015.
  • “The Physics reach of the LHC upgrades and the detectors needed to unveil it”, Seminar, Royal Holloway University, May 2015.
  • “The Higgs boson and Particle Physics at the LHC: a Progress Report and Plans for the Future”, Colloquium, Trinity College Dublin, November 2015
  • “The Higgs boson and Particle Physics at the LHC: a Progress Report and Plans for the Future”, Colloquium, University of Oxford, February 2015
  • “The Higgs Boson”, US ATLAS Physics Workshop, University of Washington, August 2014
  • “The discovery of a new particle. Is it the Higgs?”, Colloquium, Case Western Reserve, University, Cleveland, May, 2013.
  • The importance of silicon detectors in Higgs studies”, Seminar, University of Minnesota, November 2012.
  • “The importance of silicon detectors in Higgs studies”, Seminar, Manchester University, UK, November 2012.
  • “Higgs searches from the Prairies to the Alps”, Colloquium, Washington University, March 2012.
  • “Higgs searches from the Prairies to the Alps”, Colloquium Purdue University, April 2012.
  • “Higgs searches at the high energy frontier”, Berkeley RPM, Berkeley, November 2011.


  • CHIP Winter School, Switzerland (2019)
  • ICFA School of Instrumentation, Cuba (2017)
  • CERN Summer School (2012-2015)
  • CERN Academic Training (2006, 2011, 2016)


  • Organizer of CUWiP UK, Oxford, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Past Chair of the National organization of APS CUWiP, Conference Undergraduate Women in Physics
  • Co-organized with MIT, USC, and NCSU the 2011 APS CUWiP
  • Founder of the Particle Physics Master Class at Purdue, 2009-2012
  • Founder and co-leader of Quarknet at Purdue 2003-2013
  • Founder of the Sciencescape camp for middle school girls at Purdue, 1992
  • Founder of the Women in Physics organization at Purdue, 1992


  • “Connecting Quarks to the Cosmos”, Activity day for 11-13 years old, at WCSIM Hall, London, June 2019
  • “Science for Peace at tre High Energy Frontier”, OxFEST Annual Conference 2019: Expanding Horizons, February 2019.
  • “Exploring the High Energy Frontier” , Cambridge University Scientific Society, 2018 and Trinity College Society, Cambridge 2017.
  • “LHC: at the frontier of fundamental physics”, Summer School of Science, July 2017
  • “LHC: at the frontier of fundamental physics”, IOP Christmas Lecture, Manchester, December 2016
  • “Recruitment and retention of women in physics: What does work?”, International Conference Women in Physics (July 2017)
  • “LHC: alle frontiere della fisica fondamentale”, Lectio Magistralis, Collegio Ghislieri, Pavia, Italy (November 2016)
  • “ATLAS, Particle Collisions and the Higgs Boson”, Oxford University Continuing Education (November 2015)
  • “Extending the frontiers of science at the large hadron collider”, Lady Dervorguilla Seminar, Oxford (November 2015)
  • “Seeking the Energy frontier”, Darwin Society, Cambridge (November 2015)
  • “The discovery of a new particle. Is it the Higgs? Why is it important?”, Science on the tap, Indianapolis, Indiana (May 2013)
  • “The discovery of a new particle. Is it the Higgs? Why is it important?”, The center for Inquiry, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 2012)
  • “The discovery of a new particle. Is it the Higgs? Why is it important?”, West Lafayette Public Library, West Lafayette, Indiana (December 2012)
  • “The discovery of a new particle. Is it the Higgs? Why is it important?”, Science Week, Purdue University (October 2012)