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I have recently finished my PhD with the thesis title "Characterization of Particle Dark Matter via Multiple Probes". My main area of research is astroparticle physics and cosmology. My research interests include dark matter phenomenology, and the link between the cosmological dark matter and theories of physics beyond the Standard Model. Dark matter makes up 23% of the energy density of the universe, yet its nature is unknown. The astrophysical hunt for dark matter is fundamentally connected to the search for the correct model of particle physics: the Standard Model of particle physics is known to be incomplete, and many models of physics beyond the Standard Model exist, several of which propose new particles that are excellent dark matter candidates. In my research I apply advanced statistical and numerical techniques to exploit this connection. I unite data sets from astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics experiments to derive robust constraints on the dark matter properties and probe theoretical models, primarily Supersymmetry.



Awards and Scholarships:


2012: Dr. Pliny A. and Margaret H. Price Prize in Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics from the Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics (CCAPP) at Ohio State University: cash prize and invited seminar


2012: Centro Stefano Franscini Award (ETH Zurich) for the best oral contribution by a young scientist at the conference “Dark Attack”


2012: Santander Mobility Award


2011 - 2014: PhD Scholarship from the “Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes“ 


2010 - 2014: STFC Scholarship from Imperial College London 


Conference Talks and Seminars:


05/2013: Conference Talk at "Hunting for Dark Matter", KITP, UC Santa Barbara


03/2013: Conference Talk at CosmoStat2013, Banff International Research Station


01/2013: Particle Theory seminar, Oxford  University


09/2012: Invited seminar (Price Prize Talk), CCAPP, Ohio State University


07/2012: Conference Talk at Dark Attack 2012, Centro Stefano Franscini, Ascona


06/2012: Conference Talk at Tools 2012, Stockholm University


05/2012: KIPAC Tea Talk, Stanford University


04/2012: TAPIR Seminar, California Institute of Technology


10/2011: Theory HEP Seminar, McGill University





2013: Tutor at the Imperial Centre for Inference and Cosmology Astrostatistics workshop. Imperial College London.


2013: Lecture on "Cosmology" for the first-year PhD students of the High Energy Physics group. Imperial College London.


2012: Tutor for the Astroparticle Physics Masters course.  Guest lecture on "Indirect detection of dark matter" on 23rd March 2012. University of Amsterdam.


2011: Undergraduate tutorials in Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. Imperial College London.


2011: Tutoring of a first-year BSc Physics student. Imperial College London.



Professional Activities:


2012 - 2013: Organization of the Cosmology Seminar series at Imperial College London


08/2012: LOC member for the Imperial Center for Inference and Cosmology (ICIC) Inaugural Workshop



Educational Background:


I received a MSc in Theoretical Physics ("Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces") from Imperial College London in 2010.


I received a BSc in Physics from Jacobs University in Bremen, Germany in 2009.



Scientific publications:


Profile likelihood maps of a 15-dimensional MSSM

C. Strege, G. Bertone, G. J. Besjes, S. Caron, R. Ruiz de Austri, A. Strubig, R. Trotta

JHEP09(2014)081, e-print archive:1405.0622doi


Global Fits of the cMSSM and NUHM including the LHC Higgs discovery and new XENON100 constraints

C. Strege, G. Bertone, F. Feroz, M. Fornasa, R. Ruiz de Austri, R. Trotta

JCAP04(2013)013, e-print archive:1212.2636doi


Fundamental statistical limitations of future dark matter direct detection experiments

C. Strege, R. Trotta, G. Bertone, Annika H.G. Peter, Pat Scott (2012)

Physical Review D 86, 023507, e-print archive:1201.3631doi


Updated global fits of the cMSSM including the latest LHC SUSY and Higgs searches and XENON100 data

C. Strege, G. Bertone, D.G. Cerdeno, M. Fornasa, R. Ruiz de Austri, R. Trotta (2012)

JCAP03(2012)030, e-print archive: 1112.4192doi


Global fits of the cMSSM including the first LHC and XENON100 data

G. Bertone, D.G. Cerdeno, M. Fornasa, R. Ruiz de Austri, C. Strege, R. Trotta (2011)

JCAP01(2012)015, e-print archive: 1107.1715doi


Noise as control parameter in networks of excitable media: Role of the network topology

P. Kaluza, C. Strege, H. Meyer-Ortmanns (2010)

Physical Review E 82, 036104, e-print archive: doi



Oxford University Continuing Education

Nov 14th 2009, day course

Blackett Science Lecture

Marlborough College, Dec 1st 2009

Crayford Manor House

Feb 11th 2010, 7.45pm