Jesse Liu


I am a Junior Research Fellow at Trinity College, University of Cambridge, conducting postdoctoral research at the Cavendish Laboratory.

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

I am the first in my family to study and research at university, fostering a welcoming and supportive environment to succeed because 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. After, I moved to the University of Chicago as a Grainger Fellow.

Outside the lab, I enjoy science outreach, music performance, and graphic design. As an undergraduate, I was a publicity designer and violinist for numerous ensembles, while being a resident student advisor for two years to US visiting students on the Williams–Exeter Programme at Oxford. I have grapheme–colour synaesthesia.


University of Cambridge, UK. Trinity College 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 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.