Sara Strandberg was there as part of the international team at CERN who finally discovered the particle in 2012.

With one question answered, many more appear

Sara Strandberg, Photo: Eva Dalin
Sara Strandberg, Photo: Eva Dalin

“I was in total shock. The prevailing theory, the ‘Standard Model’, was proven to work, but it generated so many other questions. By analysing data from CERN, we’re now investigating how the Standard Model can be extended and fine-tuned. I’m most interested in supersymmetric particles that, among other things, could explain the universes dark matter.”

Sara’s research has received recognition in a number of ways. She has been elected to the Young Academy of Sweden, an independent academy and an interdisciplinary forum that plays a leading role in making Sweden a nation of knowledge. She’s also a Wallenberg Academy Fellow, a programme which gives Sweden’s most promising young researchers resources to develop their long-term research plans.

Role models for science

“When I started studying physics, it was fantastic to start working alongside established researchers early on. I saw them as role models and felt like a part of the research community. Now, I want to be a role model in the same way – to inspire students to take on physics’ challenges, to give more students the same opportunities that I had, and to give them the foundation to be their best”.