Hi, I’m Djuna, researcher in theoretical particle physics, astro-particle physics, and cosmology. I have worked on cosmic inflation, extended Higgs sectors, boson stars, phase transitions, and gravitational waves.

I am also an enthusiastic science communicator, and committed to making the field more inclusive. A prime example is the Particles for Justice Statement, which I co-authored in response to the inclusivity discussion in our research community, and has been signed by over four thousand colleagues.

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at TRIUMF, in Vancouver. My CV can be found here.

About my work

Gravitational Waves are my current obsession. More specifically: what can we learn about dark matter using gravitational wave phenomenology? As gravitational interactions are the defining property of dark particles, gravitational wave studies are fully complementary to the conventional (direct, indirect, and collider) probes of dark matter, which depend crucially on the hypothesis of electroweak or strong interactions with visible matter.

I also work on Early Universe Cosmology (cosmic inflation and reheating), Composite Higgs models and ElectroWeak Symmetry Breaking.

The QM

My blog, the Quantum Messenger, can be found here.

On the QM I hope to communicate my excitement about physics to everyone that would like to read about it. I started the blog as a graduate student, and post when I have inspiration and time to do so. I want my posts to be accessible to a broad audience, and if there is anything you would like me to write about, do let me know!

Thanks for visiting!