Jesse Liu


I am a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College and the Cavendish Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. I will join New York University as an Assistant Professor of Physics in early 2025.

My research in particle physics tests the foundations of nature while searching for new particles at the Large Hadron Collider. I collaborate in the ATLAS Experiment, currently focusing on new physics via tau-lepton dipoles and the Inner Tracker strips detector upgrade.

Originally from London, UK, I completed my BA at the University of Oxford, then 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 then moved to the University of Chicago as a Grainger Fellow.

I am the first in my family to study at university. I am invested in mentoring, especially those from similar backgrounds, to help navigate the challenges faced by this community and foster belonging. I strive to make science attractive to newcomers via my outreach.

My creative interests include graphic design and violin performance. I was an undergraduate resident advisor for two years on the Williams–Exeter Programme at Oxford. I have grapheme–colour synaesthesia.


New York University, USA. (Incoming) Assistant Professor of Physics. Start 2025

University of Cambridge, UK. Junior Research Fellow (on leave 2019 – 21). 2019 – present
University of Chicago, USA. Grainger Postdoctoral Fellow. 2019 – 2021

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

Perimeter Institute, 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.