About me


I am an experimental particle physicist and Public Engagement Fellow at the School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London for CERN@school and GridPP.


As part of the CERN@school programme, I help students and teachers conduct their own curiosity-led investigations using technology from CERN and GridPP computing.


I also like talking about science. Sometimes on my own, sometimes with Andrew Pontzen, I've done science festivals, schools talks and the odd lecture tour. I won FameLab in 2009.


My research interests include new physics searches at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, radiation measurements, and particle physics in space with silicon-based particle detectors.


My first book, "Introducing Particle Physics: a Graphic Guide" was published by Icon Books in September 2013. There's also my thesis, and things like this and this. Oh, and a blog.


I still haven't quite got the "science hands" thing down, despite a few attempts on YouTube, the BBC, Channel 4 and the like. I sung about radioactive bananas once.