Emilia Cruz Alaniz

Emilia is from Guadalajara, México from where she moved to live in Mexico City and pursue her goal of studying Physics in the Science Faculty at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

As an undergraduate in Physics, she participated in an exchange programme and studied one semester in the University of California Berkeley.  She also worked with the experimental nuclear and high-energy physics group in the Instituto de Física at UNAM and was involved in the CREAM project (Cosmic Ray Energetics and Mass).  As part of this project Emilia spent a summer in the LPSC in Grenoble, France. Her work in this project consisted in analysing the resolution of one of the detectors called the Cherenkov Camera. Emilia undertook a Master’s in Physical Science with specialisation in High Energy Physics.  This time she worked in the ALICE experiment at the LHC visiting CERN twice to develop of her thesis.   She worked on this project analysing the resonances phi and rho by its decays in kaons and pions respectively in proton-proton collisions at 7 TeV.  She obtained her Master‘s degree in January of 2012. 

Currently Emilia is a Marie Curie Fellow within the oPAC project and enrolled as a PhD student within the University of Liverpool. Her research will focus on the development of designs for possible LHC upgrade options.