About the SMP Team


Contact the Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics team.

It takes a lot of people to do Saturday Morning Physics at Fermilab. Our fantastic team is …


Javier Duarte, UC San Diego

Professor Duarte is an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego and a member of the CMS Collaboration at CERN. He was a Lederman postdoctoral fellow at Fermilab, received his PhD in from Caltech on searches for supersymmetric particles and his BS in physics and math from MIT. Today, his research focuses on measuring the properties of the Higgs boson at high transverse momentum, searching for exotic new particles, and applying machine learning methods to the trigger, reconstruction, and data acquisition. He is also deeply involved in outreach efforts, such as Saturday Morning Physics. His hobbies include long distance running and playing soccer.

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Bryan Ramson, Fermilab

Dr. Ramson is a postdoctoral researcher in the Fermilab Neutrino Division. He currently works as part of two large experimental collaborations at the cutting-edge of long-baseline neutrino physics: the currently operational Numi Off-axis Electron Neutrino Appearance experiment (NOvA), hosted by Fermilab, and the upcoming Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), also hosted by Fermilab. Howard University is his Alma-Mater and he earned his doctorate in Applied Physics on studies of nuclear anti-matter at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Much of his graduate work took place as a visiting scholar on the Argonne/Fermilab particle physics experiment, E906/SeaQuest. Before going to the University of Michigan, he was a visiting scholar at the National Aeronautic and Space Administration from Howard University, primarily involved in the measurement of cloud properties in the vicinity of Washington, D.C. and the validation of a globally distributed robotic aerosol and cloud measuring system.

His current research interests involve the study of neutrino-nuclei interactions and the testing of new light sensing hardware to be included in DUNE. When he is not thinking about quarks and leptons, he enjoys reading, exercise, and video games.



Amanda Early, Fermilab
Program Manager

Ms. Early is an Education Program Leader in the Office of Education and Public Outreach. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. from Concordia University Chicago. She holds a Master of Science from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb). She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in Biology.



LaMargo Gill, Fermilab
Program Coordinator

Ms. Gill is an editor in the Office of Education and Public Outreach. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education (with honors) from DePaul University (Chicago).




Adam Anderson, Fermilab
On-Site Coordinator

Dr. Anderson is also a Leon Lederman Fellow at the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics.  He received his PhD from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His focus is the search for dark matter in the universe. This work takes him to the South Pole to work on the telescope from time to time.

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Karri DiPetrillo, Fermilab
On-Site Coordinator

Karri is a new Lederman Fellow at Fermilab, and is beginning work on the CMS experiment. She recently received her PhD from Harvard, working on the ATLAS experiment. As a PhD student she spent most of her time looking for long-lived particles and working on the ATLAS Muon Spectrometer. Karri is originally from the Providence area, and received her BS from Brown University in Physics.


Alexx Perloff, Fermilab
On-Site Coordinator

Dr. Perloff is a postdoctoral researcher for the University of Colorado Boulder and a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Collaboration at CERN. He received his BS in physics for UCLA and his PhD from Texas A&M University working on a search for the Higgs boson. As a graduate student, he also spent a great deal of time working on jet energy calibrations, both for current analyses and for detector upgrade projects. Today, Alexx’s research focuses on searches for supersymmetric particles as well as other exotic models of physics. He also works on the upgrade of the CMS L1 trigger system, focusing on track reconstruction and track-based objects. When not at Fermilab, Alexx enjoys swimming, biking, running, and rock climbing.


Martin Kwok, Fermilab
On-Site Coordinator

Martin is a graduate student at Brown University working on the CMS experiment. He received his BS and M. Phil. in physics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research forces on highly boosted Higgs physics, application of machine learning on Jets and searches for exotic new physics signatures at CMS. He is currently working on the search for Higgs boson decaying into two b-quarks in boosted event topology and  phase 2 upgrade of the High Granularity Calorimeter (HGCAL).
Outside of Physics, Martin enjoys playing badminton, hiking and sports climbing.



Learn about the evolution of the Fermilab Saturday Morning Physics Program.