Our Team


Reggie Bain

Reggie Bain is a grad student in theoretical physics at Duke University. His research focuses on studying phenomenology in Quantum Chromodynamics, the physics governing the strong nuclear force. His current projects involve the use of “effective” field theories to study the production of heavy mesons and highly collimated showers of particles called jets at the LHC. Reggie is also passionate about science communication and outreach. He co-founded and directed Carolina Science Outreach at USC, an organization that gives fun and interactive science presentations to K-12 students across South Carolina. He co-founded the ComSciCon-Triangle workshop series in the NC Research Triangle and has been an organizer for the national ComSciCon workshops at Harvard/MIT since 2015.

Béatrice Bonga

Béatrice Bonga is a PhD student at Penn State. Her main focus is on studying the influence of the cosmological constant on gravitational waves, but she also enjoys working on inflation in various cosmological models and even some quantum gravity phenomenology in the context of inflation. After obtaining her BSc in Physics and a BA in Psychology from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, she realized that she was truly passionate about physics and went on to earn her master’s degree in Theoretical Physics (also at Utrecht University).


Julia Gonski
Julia Gonski

Julia Gonski is a Ph.D. student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Harvard ATLAS group.  Her research interests are in all kinds of supersymmetry, currently focused on electroweak SUSY and higgsino searches, along with reinterpretations for dark matter. Julia is the graduate student representative for the APS Council, and is an ex officio member of the US LHC User’s Association executive board.


Lesya Horyn

Lesya Horyn is a PhD student at the University of Chicago where she works on the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. She works on the Fast TracKer, an track reconstruction upgrade to the trigger system, and searches for new particles that live long enough to decay inside the detector. She is a member of the executive committee of APS Forum on Graduate Student Affairs, and a member of the organizing committee for Expanding Your Horizons Chicago.


Connor Richardson

Connor Richards is a member of the CMS Collaboration and a Gates Cambridge scholar doing Part III of the Maths Tripos. He received his Bachelors of Science from the University of California, Riverside, where he was a Chancellor’s Research Fellow and a UC LEADS Fellow. After Cambridge, he will pursue his doctorate in Experimental High-Energy Physics on a Centennial Fellowship at Princeton University, and his research interests center on searches for new physics at the LHC. He is a scientist, tutor, public speaker, and an avid sports fan.

Savannah Thais

Savannah Thais is a PhD student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the ATLAS group at Yale University. She has a bachelors degree in Math and Physics from The University of Chicago, where she was selected as a Student Marshall during her 3rd year. Her research focuses on the search for a dark sector vector boson using the Higgs as a portal, and low energy electron identification at ATLAS. She is passionate about science policy and outreach, and is involved in numerous tutoring programs, works with the ATLAS outreach team, and contributes to white papers on Connecticut policy.

Roberto Vega-Morales

Roberto Vega-Morales is currently a post-doctoral researcher in high energy theory at Granada University. Previously he was at the Laboratoire de Physique Thèorique in Paris France. He conducted his Ph.D studies at Northwestern University as well as Fermilab. He was awarded the 2014 J.J. and Noriko Sakurai Dissertation Award in Theoretical Particle Physics. His research focuses on the phenomenology of the Higgs boson at the LHC as well as models of Supersymmetry and extended Higgs sectors. He struggles mightily with French.

Eve Vavagiakis

Eve Vavagiakis is a Ph.D. student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the experimental cosmology group at Cornell University, working on the Advanced ACTPol (AdvACT) project. She won the Cranson W. and Edna B. Shelley Award for her undergraduate research at Cornell developing a cryogenic scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer for mid-IR to submillimeter astronomical observations.

Guest Writers

Some authors who have written for us include:

Chris Karwin

Chris Karwin is a PhD student at The University of California Irvine. As a member of the Fermi collaboration he is working on the galactic center gamma-ray excess and related analyses that may probe the remnants of dark matter annihilation in space.


Flip Tanedo
Flip Tanedo

Flip Tanedo is an assistant professor in theoretical physics at the University of California, Riverside. He previousy completed a Bachelors of Science at Stanford, Masters degrees at Cambridge and the IPPP in Durham, and a Ph.D at Cornell. He has been supported by a Goldwater scholarship, a Marshall scholarship, an NSF Gradaute Research Fellowship, a Paul & Daisy Soros fellowship, and a UCI Chancellor’s ADVANCE fellowship. He was a participant in the original Communicating Science 2013 workshop which led to the creation of ParticleBites. His research focuses on models and signatures of physics beyond the Standard Model, including dark matter, supersymmetry, and extra dimensions. Much of his creative thinking is done while swimming or driving along Southern California’s freeways.


ParticleBites is directed by Flip Tanedo and Julia Gonski (biographies above).


Nathan Sanders
Nathan Sanders

 Nathan Sanders graduated from Harvard University in 2014 with a Ph.D in Astronomy & Astrophysics. He was one of the founders of our parent blog, AstroBites, and one of the organizers of the ComSciCon workshops from which ParticleBites was born. He continues to advise and support us while overseeing AstroBites.

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