Principal investigator

Mariangela lisanti

mlisanti [at]

Mariangela is an assistant 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, and, when not doing physics, enjoys all things related to food and cooking.  [CV]

Postdoctoral fellows


Yonatan Kahn

ykahn [at]

Yoni received his Ph.D. in 2015 from MIT and holds joint degrees in music and physics from Northwestern University (B.A., B.Mus 2009).  He completed Part III of the Mathematical Tripos with Distinction at the University of Cambridge in 2010, supported by a Churchill Scholarship.  Yoni is an avid French horn player with a particular interest in historical instruments.  [personal website]


david pinner

dpinner [at]

[PCTS webpage]




Graduate Students

Laura Chang

ljchang [at]

Laura is a second year graduate student 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.

Siddharth Mishra-Sharma

smsharma [at]

Siddharth is a fourth-year graduate student, primarily interested in indirect/astrophysical detection of dark matter. Other interests include cosmological and collider probes of new physics, and application of novel inference methods to physics searches.  Siddharth previously spent time in Cambridge, UK as an undergraduate and grew up in the sunny city of Moscow, Russia.


Former Members


Daniele Alves [NYU], Tim Cohen [U. of Oregon], Samuel Lee [Broad Institute] 

Graduate students

Hou K. Lou [UC Berkeley], Ben Safdi [MIT]