We live in an incredible universe, and deep inside every one of us is the desire to understand it. However, to understand the whole, we first need to know and understand the parts. What is this world we are living in? What pieces do
you need to build this universe of ours? And, in what special ways do these pieces fit together? Over the past 50 years, we have refined our understanding of the universe as a whole, and of all the pieces that make it up. Working together, theorists and experimentalists have put together what we call the “Standard Model” of particle physics: a “universe set” of building blocks, the set of fundamental particles from which we can make up everything we know. But, as it turns out, there is a lot we still do not know - in fact, everything we do know only makes up about % of the universe. What is the other 95% of the universe made of? Well, with the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), at CERN, we are trying to find out!
Born and raised in South Africa, my love of science brought me across the world to work on the biggest experiment on earth. As a particle physicist on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, I play with the uilding blocks of the universe, investigating the debris of billions of proton collisions to help us learn more about the world we live in. When I am not hunting for particles through terabytes of data, my family and I love snowboarding in the Alps and eating all the melted cheese we can find.