Rebecca K. Leane

Dark Interactions in Neutron Stars

New Physics Searches with the Sun

Galactic Center Gamma-Ray Excess

Detecting Dark Matter in Exoplanets

Academic Appointments
        SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory     2021 - Present
SLAC Particle Theory Group, Stanford University
Associate Staff Scientist

        SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory     2020 - 2021
SLAC Particle Theory Group, Stanford University
Postdoctoral Research Associate

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology     2017 - 2020
MIT Center for Theoretical Physics
Postdoctoral Research Associate

      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: 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: Prof. Csaba Balazs

Funded Grants
2022   KIPAC Innovation Grant, $42,000 USD
Leane and Macintosh

2019 - 2020   NASA Fermi Guest Investigator Program, Cycle 12, $70,000 USD
Grant No. 80NSSC19K1515, Slatyer and Leane

Research Experience
2021 - Present   Associate Staff Scientist
SLAC Particle Theory Group, Stanford University,
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA

2021 - Present   Senior Member
Kavli Insitute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, Stanford University,
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA

2020 - 2021   Postdoctoral Researcher
SLAC Particle Theory Group, Stanford University,
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, USA

2017 - 2020   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 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 Prof. Csaba Balazs

Selected Prizes, Scholarships, Awards
2018   Chancellor’s Prize for Excellence in the PhD Thesis, U. Melbourne
2018   Dean’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Research, U. Melbourne
2017   Australian Government Research Training Scholarship
2016   Royal Society of Victoria Young Scientist Research Prize
2016   Science Abroad Travelling Scholarship
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 and Press
2023   Public Lecture at Stanford University
Searches for Dark Matter with Astrophysical Objects

2021   Video Interview, Universe Today
Interview with Dr. Rebecca K. Leane, Detecting Dark Matter

2021   Interview, SLAC News
How Exoplanets Could Aid the Search for Dark Matter

2021   Interview, Science Magazine
Dark Matter Could Warm the Hearts of Lonely Old Planets, Scientists Predict

2021   Interview, Universe Today
Jupiter Could Make an Ideal Dark Matter Detector

2021   Press Piece, APS Physics
Detecting Dark Matter in Exoplanets

2021   Interview, Wired Magazine
Where’s the Dark Matter? Look for Suspiciously Warm Planets

2020   Interview, Quanta Magazine
Physicists are Expanding the Search for Dark Matter

2019   Interview, The Boston Globe Newspaper
MIT scientists find dark matter could be cause of mysterious energy at the center of our galaxy

2019   Interview, MIT News
Is there dark matter at the center of the Milky Way?

2019   Press Piece, APS Physics
New Hope for Milky-Way Dark Matter

2019   Interview, Gizmodo
The Future of Particle Physics Is Bright, Bleak, and Magical

2019   Interview, Quanta Magazine
Dark Matter Gets a Reprieve in New Analysis

2019   Interview, Kavli Foundation
Dark Matter is Back

2019   Interview, Science Magazine
Physicists Revive Hunt for Dark Matter in the Heart of the Milky Way

2019   Interview, Popular Mechanics
Filling the Void: What is Dark Matter?

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 numerous 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.

Associate Staff Scientist in the Particle Theory Group at SLAC.

Senior Member, Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford.

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Stanford University
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Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA