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Dr Kimberly Palladino

Dr Kimberly Palladino

  • Tutorial Fellow in Physics


I attended Princeton University, and then took a year before graduate school with AmeriCorps and the Red Cross in Anchorage, Alaska. I completed my PhD in Physics from the Ohio State University working on the neutrino detector ANITA. I was a postdoctoral researcher at MIT and SNOLab in Canada on the MiniCLEAN dark matter detector, then at SLAC on the LUX and LZ dark matter experiments, before becoming a faculty member of the University of Wisconsin. I am a mother of two.

College teaching

I am excited to begin college teaching in Michaelmas term 2020. Particle physics and astrophysics align with my research interests.


My research interests are on the border of particle physics and astrophysics, primarily studying dark matter and neutrinos. Both share difficulties in detection and technology needs.

Dark Matter plays a huge role in the gravitational evolution of our universe, but we don't know what it is. I work on the LUX-ZEPLIN experiment, in South Dakota, USA.

Neutrinos have provided hints of physics beyond standard models, and can also let us learn about distant, dense objects in the universe.

Select publications

Projected WIMP sensitivity of the LUX-ZEPLIN dark matter experiment, Phys.Rev.D (101 5), 2020. 052002.

The LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) Experiment, Nucl.Instrum.Meth.A (953). 2020. 163047.

Limits on spin-dependent WIMP-nucleon cross section obtained from the complete LUX exposure, Phys.Rev.Lett .(118 25), 2017. 251302.

Results from a search for dark matter in the complete LUX exposure, Phys.Rev.Lett. (118 2), 2017. 021303.

Observational Constraints on the Ultra-high Energy Cosmic Neutrino Flux from the Second Flight of the ANITA Experiment, Phys.Rev.D (82), 2010. 022004, erratum (85), 2012. 049901.