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Dr Anna Holin
Dept. Physics and Astronomy
Gower Place
  • Research Associate
  • Dept of Physics & Astronomy
  • Faculty of Maths & Physical Sciences

Current Position - Fellowship:

From October 2012 Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, Dept. Physics and Astronomy University College London, WC1E 6BT London; This prestigious fellowship that has a success rate of 5% or less and is assessed on the excellence of the proposal

Previous Positions:

Oct 2010 Sep 2012 Research Assistant on MINOS and LBNE, UCL
Feb 2010 Jun 2010 Research Assistant on CREAMTEA a muon tomography experiment, UCL
Dec. 2000 Aug. 2005 Thomson Scientific (now Thomson Reuters) various sales and account management roles for scientific databases (Web of Science/Web of Knowledge) selling mainly to institutional clients such as university research libraries and consortia throughout Europe


Sep. 2005 Feb. 2010 Ph.D. in High Energy Physics Electron Neutrino Appearance in the MINOS Experiment, University College London
Sep 2001 Jun 2005 B.Sc. in Physics, Birkbeck College London (4-year part time degree in the evening while working full time something that very few people managed to achieve on the course due to the amount of work required)

Sep 1997 July 2000 B.A. in Business Administration, WSB-NLU, Poland Marketing and Management studies specialised in Business Administration, included various subjects like Management, Finance, Marketing, and other degree-relevant courses 

Research Summary

My work focuses on neutrino oscillations, an area of research that could yield the answers to some big questions in particle physics today, such as the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe and why neutrinos are the only messengers of physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics we see today. 

Over the past 11 years I have acquired experience on a variety of neutrino experiments: MINOS, SuperNEMO, DUNE,  NOvA, CHIPS, SBND. I have worked on MINOS for the past 11 years, a leading experiment in the field. Five of those years have been as the beam systematics convener for the experiment, and also a founding member and now convener of the NuMI-X cross-experiment beam group. Approximately two years ago, under my leadership as a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow, our group joined the next generation long-baseline neutrino oscillations NOvA experiment at Fermilab (it is currently taking data), and the SBND short baseline experiment, a liquid argon TPC, also at Fermilab. I am an institutional board member for UCL on both those experiments. 

Since 2010 I have led the UCL HEP Liquid Argon group by establishing a Liquid Argon test stand (LARA) in the laboratory at UCL, one of only a handful in Europe, for R&D and detector hardware testing purposes. LARA has been used for testing of the SBND TPC high voltage feedthrough that we are currently developing, and also in the design of the Proto-DUNE Double-Phase 3x1x1 prototype purity monitor, as well as in a wide array of other tests with PMTs and SiPMs. 

Teaching Summary

Supervision of Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Research Assistants:

Sep. 2016 supervision of my own Ph.D. student on NOvA

Sep.2016 second supervisor of another student on CHIPS/NOvA
2014-2016 help supervise a dark matter / liquid argon student at UCL
2010-now help supervise other postdoctoral RAs and Ph.D students within the neutrino group as needed 

Teaching activities: 

In the past several years, I have offered projects for the UCL 4th year Physics MSci project course, which accounts for 50% of the students’ credit for the final year:

2016-2017 supervision of 4 MSci 4th year project students on neutrino detector R&D on CHIPS and Liquid Argon
2015-2016 supervision of 6 MSci 4th year project students on neutrino detector R&D (photomultiplier tubes and liquid argon experiment) 

2014-2015 supervision of 9 MSci 4th year project students
2013-2014 co-supervision of 4 MSci 4th year project students
During PhD Marking of Maths, Particle Physics and other course-work of B.Sc. and M.Sci. students 

Academic Background
2010 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – High-Energy Physics University College London
2005 BSc Bachelor of Science – Physics Birkbeck College
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