Phiala ShanahanPhiala E. Shanahan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"For outstanding achievements in elucidating the role of strangeness and charge symmetry breaking in nucleon structure using lattice quantum chromodynamics and effective field theory techniques."


Phiala E. Shanahan, Ph.D., completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Adelaide (Australia) in 2011, graduating with a B.Sc. in high performance computational physics with first class honours and the University Medal. In 2015, she completed her Ph.D. in physics,also at the University of Adelaide, under the guidance of Tony Thomas and Ross Young. She was awarded the Postgraduate University Medal, the South Australian Ph.D. Research Excellence Award, and the Bragg Gold Medal for the best Ph.D. completion in physics in Australia. Throughout her studies, Dr. Shanahan was a member of the American Physical Society and served on the South Australian branch committee of the Australian Institute of Physics. Since 2015, Dr. Shanahan has been a postdoctoral research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge). Her current research is focused on understanding the gluonic structure of hadrons relevant to the proposed Electron-Ion Collider, and on explorations of nuclear structure using first-principles lattice quantum chronodynamics techniques.

Selection Committee:

2017 Selection Committee Members: Raju Venugopalan (chair), Silas Beane, Volker Crede, Anna Stasto, Xioachao Zheng