Meenakshi Narain's research interests are in experimental high energy physics. For the past fifteen years, she has studied high energy proton-antiproton collisions at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab). She was instrumental in the discovery of the most massive fundamental particle discovered to date, the top quark, and has since investigated its properties. Most recently, she began to collaborate in another experiment that will study even higher energy collisions at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland.
Narain’s ultimate goal is to illuminate the character of physics at the TeV energy scale. In particular, during her term as a Radcliffe fellow, she intends to investigate techniques for testing predictions of a class of theoretical models, called little Higgs models, at the Large Hadron Collider.
Narain received her PhD in physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is currently an associate professor at Boston University, and she has been a Wilson Fellow at Fermilab. She has received Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education and Major Research Infrastructure grants and the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation. In addition, she is a recipient of the Outstanding Junior Investigator Award from the US Department of Energy.