Particle Theory

Particle Theory

UCR Physics & Astronomy

We are the UCR Particle Theory group; part of the Department of Physics & Astronomy in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at UC Riverside.

Our research explores the overlap of theoretical particle physics, astronomy, and cosmology. Our specialties include dark matter, neutrino flavor symmetries, baryogenesis, collider searches for new physics, and models of electroweak naturalness.

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In-person seminars are postponed due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Please see the LHC Results Forum for a collection of online seminars.


Particle Theory

Emeritus Faculty

Bipin Desai

Ernest Ma



Simeon Bird
Asst. Prof. (astro)

Anson D'Aloisio
Asst. Prof. (astro)

Laura Sales
Asst. Prof. (astro)

Brian Shuve
Research Scientist (UCR) & Asst. Prof. (HMC)


Research Staff

Aniket Joglekar

Peter Creasey
( 2016 - 2018)

Ran Huo
( 2016 - 2018)



Yash Aggarwal

Gerardo Alvarez

Chia-Feng Chang

Wei-Xiang Feng

Adam Green

Mehrdad Phoroutan Mehr

Kuntal Pal

Michael Shamma
Recent PhDs

Corey Kownacki
(Ma/Tanedo, 2018)

Nick Pollard
(Ma, 2018)

Oleg Popov
(Ma, 2017)

Tao Ren
(Yu, 2019)

Shakiba Sadeghi
(Wudka, 2018)

Omid Sameie
(Yu/Sales, 2019)

Sarah Smolenski
(Wudka, 2019)

Mohammad Zakeri
(Ma, 2017)



Recent Undergraduates

Adam Green
(Tanedo, 2016 - 2018)

Renata Koontz
(Yu, 2016 - 2019)

Syris Norelli
(Tanedo, 2017 - 2018)


Dark Matter
Dark sectors, self-interactions

Particle Cosmology
Baryogenesis, structure formation

Particle Astrophysics
Galaxy formation

Models of New Physics
SUSY, Extra Dimensions, Compositeness

Searches for New Physics
New phenomenology

Neutrino Physics
Flavor symmetries

Astro-Particle Simulation
Numerical simulations of dark matter


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