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Marie-Cécile Piro, PhD

Assistant Professor, McDonald Institute



About Me

  • BSc Physics Université de Montréal (2006)
  • MSc Physics Université de Montréal (2008)
  • PhD Physics Université de Montréal (2012)
  • PDF Astroparticle Physics - Condensed matter CEA/Université Paris sud France (2012-2015)
  • RA Astroparticle Physics RPI, Troy NY - LNGS, Italy (2015-2017)
  • Assistant professor, University of Alberta (2017-present)

My research is  in  astroparticle  physics, using  techniques from  particle  physics to answer fundamental questions about  our Universe. I worked  in several projects for dark matter searches in Canada at  SNOLAB underground laboratory for  PICASSO experiment, in France at LSM (Labortatoire Souterrain de Modane) for EDELWEISS experiment  and  in  Italy at  the LNGS  ( Laboratori  Nazionali  del  Gran Sasso)  for XENON1T experiment. 

I have a  broad  expertise in multiple  detection techniques such as  superheated liquids, ultra-pure germanium detectors at mK temperatures and with the world’s largest double phase xenon TPC. 


I lead a physics program for rare event searches for the PICODEAP-3600 which are installed at SNOLAB, Ontario. I also joined the NEWS-G experiment installed in LSM (Laboratoire Souterrain de Modane) an underground laboratory between France and Italy. My principal interest concerns the development of technologies based on innovative ideas with multiple applications in order to extract new physics processes. I am currently building a new detector in my lab that combines the bubble chamber technology and scintillation light: The Scintillating Bubble Chamber (SBC).

  • Development of gas purification techniques and assay
  • Scintillating bubble chamber
  • Directionality detectors
  • R&D Detector technology
  • gas chromatograph
  • Data analysis - Simulations MC, Geant4


PHYS 485 : Particle physics introduction