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Regina Demina

Professor of Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Press Contact

Leonor Sierra
lsierra@ur.rochester.edu - (585) 276-6264

Biography

Professor Demina received her B.A. in Physics (1985) and M.S. in Physics (1988) from Novosibirsk State University, and her Ph.D. in Physics (1994) from Northeastern University. After a postdoctoral position at Fermilab, she joined Kansas State University as Assistant Professor of Physics in 1999. She joined the University of Rochester as Assistant Professor of Physics in June of 2003, and was promoted to Associate Professor on July 1 of 2003. Professor Demina was named a Department of Energy Outstanding Junior Investigator in 2001. Demina was promoted to Professor of physics in June 2007. In April 2011 Demina was named the American Physics Society fellow.

Prof. Demina’s research interests are in the field of Experimental High-Energy Physics. Along with Profs. Ferbel and Slattery, she is collaborating on the D-Zero Experiment at Fermilab, where her interests are concerned with understanding the mechanism of elecro-weak symmetry breaking and the study of top quark properties. The identification of heavy flavor jets, such as b and c-jets, is vitally important for these studies, and Prof. Demina is working on the development of heavy flavor tagging algorithms that employ lifetime information obtained using silicon microstrip detectors. She is co-leading the effort in the design and production of radiation hard high precision silicon sensors for use in the D-Zero Run2b upgrade. Such detectors will play a key role in new efforts at the Tevatron to search for the long sought after Higgs boson.

Along with Profs Bodek and Slattery, Prof. Demina is also collaborating on the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, where she is the deputy project leader of the silicon outer barrel construction project. Her interests at the hadron-hadron collider include the search for exotic particles such as the Higgs boson, and supersymmetric particles such as the the scalar top and bottom quarks, studies of the top quark, and development and construction of silicon tracking detectors.