Laura Manenti

Postdoctoral Associate Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD University College London

Research Areas: Dark matter; neutrino physics; liquid argon and liquid xenon TPCs

Laura Manenti is a postdoctoral researcher with an interest in dark matter and neutrino physics. She graduated with a bachelor first, and master in particle physics later, at the Universitá degli Studi di Milano. She received her PhD by University College London with a thesis on “Liquid Argon Time Projection Chambers for Dark Matter and Neutrino Experiments.” She has worked within several international collaborations, such as DarkSide, WA105, and DUNE. She is currently working with the XENON1T experiment at Gran Sasso (Italy), which aims at finding dark matter by direct detection using a dual-phase liquid xenon time projection chamber (TPC). She also collaborates with the Dual-Phase ProtoDUNE experiment at CERN and the DUNE experiment at Fermilab. DUNE is one of the future long baseline neutrino experiments.

Laura loves teaching and has done that extensively as a lab demonstrator and guest lecturer over the years. As a female scientist, Laura greatly supports and encourages women in STEM. At her previous institution, she was part of the Equality and Diversity committee and worked to address the underrepresentation of women in physics. She is now an active member of the postdoc council at NYUAD. 

Laura is an enthusiastic cooking person with a weak spot for pizza and focaccia. She likes experimenting with new recipes, while being rooted in her strong Italian culinary tradition, learned from her mum and grandma.