Particle Theory Group

Elliott Building

Welcome to the Particle Theory Group at the University of Victoria

Research Areas

See the links below, and individual faculty webpages, for an overview of some of our research activities.

Graduate studies

We welcome applications for graduate study in the group, which are reviewed in January and February each year. See the links below for details of the graduate program:


Regular and Adjunct Faculty

Name Position Research Area
Associate Professor Particle Theory
Dr. David McKeen Adjunct Assistant Professor (TRIUMF Scientist) Particle Theory
Dr. David Morrissey Adjunct Associate Professor (TRIUMF Scientist) Particle Theory
Dr. Maxim Pospelov Professor Particle & Astroparticle Theory
Dr. Adam Ritz Professor Particle Theory

Emeritus Faculty

Name Position Research Area
Dr. Werner Israel Professor Emeritus General Relativity
Dr. Charles Picciotto Professor Emeritus Particle Theory


Dr. Akash Jain
Dr. Shohei Okawa
Dr. Ashish Shukla 

Graduate Students

R. Hoult
R. Liu
K. Taylor
B. Wilkinson-Zan

Former Group Members

Name Dates

Current (or post-UVic) Position

Dr. Chien-Yi Chen 2015-18 Northwestern U (Postdoc)
Dr. Anthony Fradette 2010-17 Boston Consulting
Dr. Stefan Janiszewski 2014-17  
Dr. Matthias Le Dall 2010-17 UVic, Condensed Matter (Postdoc)
Mr. Juan Hernandez 2015-17 Perimeter Institute (PhD student)
Dr. Patrick deNiverville 2010-16 IBS, Daejon (Postdoc)
Dr. Xun Wang 2008-15 Huazhong U (Postdoc)
Dr. Matthias Kaminski 2014 Alabama U (Faculty)
Dr. Kristan Jensen 2010-13 Stony Brook U (Postdoc)
Dr. David McKeen 2010-13 Washington U (Postdoc)
Dr. John Ward 2007-11 BC Government
Dr. Yudi Santoso 2005-07 Durham U. (Postdoc)
Dr. Pavel Bolokhov 2003-07 Minnesota U. (Postdoc)
Dr. Richard Cyburt 2006 Michigan State U (Senior Research Associate)
Dr. Ian Blokland 2002-03 Alberta U - Augustana (Faculty)
Dr. Stefan Groot-Nibbelink 2001-02 LMU, Munich (Postdoc)
Dr. Shinji Mukohyama 1998-00 IPMU & Tokyo U (Faculty)
Dr. Frans Pretorius 1997-99 Princeton U (Faculty)
Dr. Valerio Faraoni 1992-98 Bishop's U (Faculty)
Dr. James Overduin 1992-97 Towson U (Faculty)
Dr. Steven Starkovich 1987-92 Pacific Lutheran U (Faculty, Acting Provost)

Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The map below shows the surrounding area, and the most common entry points by ferry (from Vancouver or Seattle), or by air via Victoria International Airport.

Victoria Area Map

See UVic travel information, for further travel directions and websites for the ferries.

Most visitors to the Theory Group stay in downtown Victoria, and you can contact us for hotel reservations. Travel to downtown from the airport takes about 30 mins by taxi or shuttle. If you arrive by ferry from Seattle, a number of hotels are only a short walk from the ferry terminal. Similarly, if you are travelling on the Connector Coach from Vancouver or from the ferry, the coach station is also close to the hotels

Travel from downtown hotels to UVic takes about 20 mins by bus or by taxi. Bus timetables and maps are available on th BCTransit website - the most useful routes are 4, 14 and the express 15. Note that you require the exact fare, which is currently $2.50 for a single journey. If you are taking a taxi, ask the driver to drop you at Parking Lot B.

The Physics and Astronomy Department is located in the Elliott Building, which is inside the main ring road visible on the campus map (the local area near Elliott is shown below). If you enter the main glass doors directly in front of Parking Lot B, the General Office is to the right.

Elliott building