Principal investigator

Mariangela lisanti

mlisanti [at]

Mariangela is an associate professor of physics at Princeton University.  She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Harvard in 2005 and her Ph.D. from Stanford in 2010.  After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, she joined the faculty in 2013.  Mariangela is actively involved in several initiatives to increase diversity in the sciences.  [CV]

Postdoctoral fellows 


oren slone

oslone [at]

[PCTS Webpage]






hongwanl [at]

Hongwan is a postdoctoral associate jointly appointed by both Princeton and New York University. He received his B.A. from Cornell University, and completed his Ph.D. at MIT in 2019. His research interests lie primarily in the field of dark matter phenomenology, including novel cosmological signatures of dark matter and laboratory searches for axions.

Graduate Students

Laura Chang

ljchang [at]

Laura, a fifth-year graduate student, is a Soros and NSF Graduate Research Fellow.  She received her B.A. in physics from Cornell University.  Her primary research interest is in novel techniques for direct and indirect detection of dark matter.   Laura is involved in several initiatives for increasing diversity in STEM fields. She also enjoys dancing, making music, and making food.

matthew moschella

mtm2 [at]

Matt is a fourth-year graduate student interested in all aspects of searches for dark matter and other new physics.  He received his B.A. from Cornell University in 2016. In addition to physics, Matt enjoys running, weightlifting, and backpacking.

Former Members


Yonatan Kahn [UIUC], Daniele Alves [Los Alamos], Tim Cohen [U. of Oregon], Samuel Lee [Broad Institute] ,

David Pinner [Brown/Harvard]

Graduate students

Siddharth Mishra-Sharma [NYU], Hou K. Lou [Udacity], Ben Safdi [U. of Michigan]