Meet our Team



S’Cool LAB is run by an international team of physics education researchers and support personnel.

Click on any of our pictures below to find out more about what each of us does!

Alexandra
PhD Student &
Tutor Liaison

Alexandra Jansky

PhD Student & Tutor Liaison

Alexandra Jansky is a high school teacher for physics and mathematics. She is currently working on her PhD project in physics education research at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland in cooperation with the University of Vienna. She is interested in students’ conceptions and the educational use of new technologies (for example: Pixeldetectors or 3D printers).


Joined S'Cool LAB: July 2015

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: X-rays Workshop

Favourite particle: Strange quark

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Fabian
PhD Student &
Physicist

Fabian Bernstein

PhD Student & Physicist

Fabian Bernstein has studied physics, music and cultural sciences in Berlin and Paris and holds various diplomas. He has been working as a teacher at the Boarding School Schloss Hansenberg in Hessen, Germany before joining the S’Cool LAB Team. Currently, he is pursuing his PhD at CERN in cooperation with the University of Frankfurt a. M., Germany. His research focuses on developing modern physics hands-on activities fit for classroom use.


Joined S'Cool LAB: June 2018

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: Plasma-cathode electron gun

Favourite particle: Beauty quark

Hashim
Technical Student &
Computer engineer

Syed Hashim Gillani

Technical Student & Computer Engineer

Hashim has a bachelor's degree in computer engineering from Pakistan and he is currently approaching his master's degree in Sensor Systems Technology from the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is presently working on various development projects at CERN, Geneva in cooperation with his university in Karlsruhe. Hashim is interested in embedded development and interactive systems which is also the field of specialization of his master studies.

Joined S'Cool LAB: October 2018

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: Cloud Chamber

Favourite particle: Muon

Irtaza
Technical Student &
Computer engineer

Irtaza Syed

Technical Student & Computer Engineer

Irtaza has a bachelor's degree in computer engineering and he is currently approaching his master's degree in computer science from the University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe, Germany. He is presently working on various development projects at CERN, Geneva in cooperation with his university in Karlsruhe. Irtaza is interested in designing and developing interactive systems which is also the field of specialization of his master studies.


Joined S'Cool LAB: October 2017

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Favourite particle: Charm Quark (because it's charming)

Jeff
S'Cool LAB Architect &
Teacher Programme Manager

Jeff Wiener

S'Cool LAB Architect & Teacher Programme Manager

Jeff worked as a high school teacher for physics, philosophy, and psychology in Vienna, Austria. He then joined CERN to pursue his PhD in physics education research in cooperation with the University of Vienna through the Austrian Doctorate Programme. His research goals focused on how to adequately integrate particle physics into modern curricula. During his PhD studies he also served as project manager for S'Cool LAB by designing and developing the lab in its initial phase. Hence, he is also responsible for the fantastic word-play joke which became the name of S'Cool LAB. Nowadays, Jeff is managing CERN's national and international teacher training programmes.


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2013

Favourite experiments: DIY Cloud Chamber

Favourite particle: Gluons

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Julia
S'Cool LAB Manager

Julia Woithe

S'Cool LAB Manager

Julia Woithe a senior fellow managing S'Cool LAB, and investigating cognitive and affective effects of its hands-on learning opportunities. After studying physics, mathematics, and education at the University of Dresden, Germany, Julia started her PhD studies in physics education research at CERN in cooperation with the University of Kaiserslautern, Germany and the University of Geneva, Switzerland. Her current (research) interests include students’ conceptions in particle physics, low-cost 3D-printable particle physics experiments, and science identities.


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2014

Favourite S'Cool LAB experiment: Positron-Emission-Tomography (PET)

Favourite particle: W+ Boson (because it's positive and it loves interactions)

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Oliver
Engineer & Applied Physicist

Oliver Keller

Engineer & Applied Physicist

Oliver Keller holds a diploma in engineering and worked on embedded systems in the industrial sector before joining CERN in 2013. His M.Sc. thesis in applied physics was carried out in the CERN MediaLab which resulted in a novel tool to visualise radioactivity using CERN's pixel detector technology. He is currently developing further educational tools and experiments for the S'Cool LAB within a PhD project in cooperation with the University of Geneva. Oliver is passionate about making things and an advocate of open standards, data and methods.


Joined S'Cool LAB: January 2016

Favourite experiments: Hunting cosmic particles and natural radioactivity

Favourite particle: Muons

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Sascha
Head of Teacher &
Student Programmes

Sascha Schmeling

Head of Teacher & Student Programmes


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Vincent
Technical Support

Vincent Frederic Darras

Technical support

Vincent is an operation technician who has been working at CERN since 1999, and holds a diploma in process industries from TETRAS Annecy University.
1999-2001: Solid State Detectors Section (aging test)
2001-2009: Building and commissioning electrical systems for gas detectors in CERN's physics department
2009-2014: Control process for cryogenics system in the LHC with LHe at 1.9 Kelvin to cool down 27 kms of superconducting magnets
2014-today: Joined the exhibition team and in 2015, S'Cool LAB at CERN


Joined S'Cool LAB: March 2015

Favourite experiments: DIY Cloud Chamber

Favourite particle: Dark matter


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Former members of the S'Cool LAB Team


2018:

Sarah Zöchling 07/2018-08/2018 (summer student; topic: visualizations in particle physics)

Susanne Dührkoop 04/2018-08/2018 (teacher in residence; topic: low-cost experiments)

Lachlan McGinness 03/2018-08/2018 (teacher in residence; topic: low-cost experiments)

Alex Brown 03/2015-08/2018 (PhD student, topic: e-learning & teacher motivation)


2017:

Kitti Lai 10/2016-11/2017 (IT technical support)

Zuzana Juskova 09/2016-08/2017 (administrative support)

Mihaly Vadai 04/2017-08/2017 (electronic engineering)


2016:

Nikolaos Kokkinis Ntrenis 09/2015 - 09/2016 (Technical support IT)

Eva Tolosa 02/2015 - 09/2016 (Administrative support)

Daniela Pfeiffer 07/2016 (Master student, topic: Positron-Emission-Tomography)

Lukas Mientus 07/2016 (Master student, topic: Plasma-Wakefield-Acceleration)

Tiago Gonçalves 06/2016-08/2016 (summer student; topic: 3D-printable ATLAS magnet model)

Christoph Weller 04/2016 (Master student, topic: Superconductivity)

Magnus Reifenrath 04/2016 (Master student, topic: Superconductivity)


2015:

Lea Prüfer 09/2015 (Master student, topic: muon detectors)

Christos Lougiakis 10/2014 - 09/2015 (Technical support IT)

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