I have studied physics and economics at the Universities of Frankfurt (Germany) and UC Berkeley (USA) and did my PhD in accelerator physics at the University of Frankfurt. After years as Postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg and as Fellow at CERN, I founded my QUASAR Group in 2007. I have been a member academic staff at the University of Liverpool and a member of the Cockcroft Institute of Accelerator Science and Technology since 2008. I was promoted to Full Professor of Physics in 2011 and have been Head of the Physics Department since September 2016.
My research covers the design and optimization of accelerators and light sources and underpinning technologies, in particular advanced beam diagnostics for accelerators and light sources, novel accelerators, as well as the application of accelerators with a focus on medical instrumentation and data science.
I am responsible for ensuring that our students receive the best possible physics education. As Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, I am constantly trying to improve our teaching standards and help train staff accordingly. I have initiated and coordinated the EU-funded research and training networks DITANET, LA3NET, oPAC, OMA and AVA. I am also Director of our STFC CDT on Data Intensive Science, LIV.DAT. These have attracted more than £20M in funding and are the largest research and training initiatives ever realized in my research area; they have put me in charge of the training of more than 100 postgraduate researchers.
I have organized more than 50 international conferences, schools and topical workshops for our students, staff and the wider scientific community. My outreach activities have reached Millions around the world and allowed me share my passion for particle accelerators and physics more widely. As a member of various scientific advisory committees, I help define future research trends and the advancement of physics.