Assistant Professor of Physics, York University
Claire David is an experimental particle physicist professor of Physics at York University, Canada. She is jointly appointed as research scientist at Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago, Illinois.
Claire’s research is about understanding how the building blocks of the universe, the elementary particles, interact with each other. In the past 10 years she has been working for the ATLAS experiment, one of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is an accelerator complex located at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), a laboratory near Geneva in Switzerland. Since 2019 Claire’s research focuses on the neutrino, a very abundant yet elusive elementary particle whose mysterious properties play an important role in the evolution of the universe. Claire co-founded the Canadian effort on the leading-edge and international endeavor in neutrino science: the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE. The Sanford Underground Research Facility will host one element of the DUNE’s detector complex: the future largest neutrino detector!
Claire’s journey in science started with a lot of questions in high school, scientific summer camps revealing an interest for particle detectors. Claire obtained a Master of Engineering in Applied Physics at INSA Toulouse in France, specializing in nanophysics and instrumentation. She then graduated from her Ph.D. in Particle Physics from the University of Victoria in Canada, working in the ATLAS Collaboration. She has continued working with ATLAS as a postdoctoral fellow at DESY in Germany, in both data analysis and detector upgrade.
Claire is passionate about teaching. She has delivered courses at secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels in four different countries, including Ghana as part of the African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS). Claire also enjoys giving public lectures to share the marvels of science with everyone.