Jesse Liu


I am a Grainger Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Chicago. I am also a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, elected in October 2019 and currently on leave for two years.

My research in particle physics devises new measurements and searches for particles and forces at extreme laboratory regimes. I collaborate in the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, with interests across the interface of hardware, phenomenology, data analysis and astrophysics.

I am the first in my family to study and research at university. I am part of the First-Generation, Low-Income, Immigrant (FLI) network, fostering a welcoming and supportive environment to succeed. There is a place for you in university, science and research.

Originally from London, UK, I completed my BA at the University of Oxford and MSc at the Perimeter Institute and University of Waterloo supervised by Natalia Toro. I returned to Oxford with a two-year stay at CERN for my PhD, supervised by Alan Barr and John March-Russell.

I enjoy doing science outreach, travelling, classical music and graphic design. As an undergraduate, I was a resident student advisor for two years to US visiting students on the Williams–Exeter Programme at Oxford. I also designed publicity and played the violin for numerous university ensembles. I have grapheme–colour synaesthesia.


University of Cambridge, UK. Trinity College Junior Research Fellow (on leave). 2019 – present
University of Chicago, USA. Grainger Postdoctoral Fellow. 2019 – present

University of Oxford, UK. DPhil Particle Physics. 2015 – 2019.
CERN, Switzerland. Associate Research Student. 2016 – 2018.

Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Canada. Perimeter Scholars International. 2014 – 2015.
University of Waterloo, Canada. MSc Physics. 2014 – 2015.

University of Oxford, UK. BA Physics. 2011 – 2014.


Grapheme-colour synaesthesiaThe picture shows roughly what colour my brain associates with each letter or number due to grapheme-colour synaesthesia. Intriguing as it is, I have yet to find any use for this neural quirk.