Rebecca K. Leane




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Academic Appointments
      Massachusetts Institute of Technology     2017 - Present
MIT Center for Theoretical Physics
Postdoctoral Research Associate


Education
      University of Melbourne     2013 - 2017
Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP)
Ph.D. in Physics, Phenomenology of Particle Dark Matter
Thesis Advisor: A/Prof. Nicole Bell

        University of Cambridge    2012 - 2013
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP)
Master of Advanced Study in Mathematics (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos)
Essay Advisor: Prof. Ben Allanach

      Monash University    2008 - 2011
Bachelor of Science Advanced with Honours
Majors: Physics and Mathematics. High Distinction.
Thesis Advisor: A/Prof. Csaba Balazs


Research Experience
2017 Sept - Present   Postdoctoral Researcher
MIT Center for Theoretical Physics,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

2016 Apr - Jun   Visiting Researcher
Center for Cosmology and AstroParticle Physics (CCAPP), Ohio State University, USA
Working with Prof. John Beacom

2015 Sept - Oct   Visiting Researcher
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Vanderbilt University, USA
Working with Prof. Tom Weiler

2013 - 2017   Graduate Student Researcher
CoEPP, University of Melbourne, Australia
Under supervision of A/Prof Nicole Bell

2010 - 2011   Undergraduate Student Researcher
School of Physics, Monash University, Australia
Third year research project (2010), honours year research project (2011).
Under supervision of A/Prof Csaba Balazs


Selected Prizes, Scholarships, Awards
2018   Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis
2017   Best PhD Completion Seminar, School of Physics, Univ. of Melbourne
2016   Royal Society of Victoria Young Scientist Research Prize
2016   Science Abroad Travelling Scholarship
2015   Best Geoff Opatt Seminar Series Talk, School of Physics, Univ. of Melbourne
2015   Laby Foundation Early Career Researcher Travel Scholarship
2012 - 2016   Australian Postgraduate Award (APA)
2011   Monash Jubilee Honours Scholarship
2011   J. L. William Honours Scholarship


Selected Outreach
2014 - 2015   Key Scientific Researcher on International Science Documentary Series
“Uranium: Twisting the Dragon’s Tail”

Worked with Emmy Award winning producer Sonya Pemberton and writer Wain Fimeri, over 12 months part time. Had a major role in explaining science content and developing the script for the series. The documentary was presented by Derek Muller of Veritasium, and aired in the United States, Australia, Germany, France, Middle East, Norway and Sweden. The series has been nominated for and won several film awards.

US viewers can preview parts of the series on the PBS website. Others can view the trailer on YouTube. The press release from CoEPP is available here.