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 …


Sowjanya Gollapinni, University of Tennessee (Knoxville)

Dr. Gollapinni is an Assistant Professor of Physics at UTK, but works at Fermilab about one-third of the year. Prior to that, she worked at Fermilab as a post-doc, through Kansas State University, full time. She received her PhD in physics from Wayne State University and did her undergraduate work in India at Sri Venkateswara University, which is in the eastern coastal province of Andhra Pradesh.

Also, Sowjanya is on the Fermilab Users’ Executive Committee, where she focuses on issues of diversity and inclusion in STEM, particularly at Fermilab and at universities in the southern US.  Find out more about Sowjanya.  And here is a video about a recent interaction she had with one of our students.


Javier Duarte, Fermilab

Dr. Duarte is a Lederman postdoctoral fellow at Fermilab and a member of the CMS Collaboration at CERN. He 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 dark matter mediators, and applying machine learning methods to the trigger, reconstruction, and data acquisition. He is also deeply involved in Fermilab’s outreach efforts, such as Saturday Morning Physics. His hobbies include long distance running and playing soccer. During his lunch break, he likes to run around the Tevatron ring (4 miles) and he has also run around the LHC ring (17 miles)!

Learn more about Javier.



Sandra Charles, Fermilab
Program Manager

Ms. Charles is the head of Fermilab’s Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion department . She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of South Florida (Tampa). She received her BA from Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec) in Literature and Education.




Rosa Foote, Fermilab
Program Assistant

Ms. Foote is the SMP administrative assistant, within the Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion department.  She has worked at Fermilab for more than ten years, and prior to that worked at nearby Argonne National Laboratory.




Ting Li, Fermilab – On-site coordinator

Dr. Li the Leon Lederman Fellow at the Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics.  She received her PhD from Texas A&M University, where she worked in the Munnerlyn Astronomical Instrumentation Lab. She was undergraduate at Fudan University in Shanghai, China, with a major in Physics and a minor in Diplomacy.

Dr. Li is an observational astronomer as well as an instrument builder with scientific interests that include near-field cosmology, Galactic archaeology and metal-poor stars. Her current main work is to study the Milky Way halo substructures, including the stellar streams and dwarf galaxies.

Learn more about Ting.



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.

Learn more about Adam.




Kirsty Duffy, Fermilab – On-site coordinator

Dr. Duffy is also a Leon Lederman Fellow who studies neutrino physics at Fermilab. Her research interests include neutrino oscillation, neutrino interactions, and statistics. Kirsty received her PhD in 2016 from the University of Oxford, where she studied the difference between matter and antimatter in neutrino oscillation. She is now studying neutrino interactions in the MicroBooNE experiment as well as working on a prototype detector for DUNE, Fermilab’s next-generation flagship experiment.

Read more about Kirsty’s PhD thesis results in these news articles. Kirsty’s thesis was also published as part of the Springer Theses series.




Elena Gramellini, Fermilab – On-site coordinator



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