Florencia Canelli is a full professor in experimental physics in the Department of Physics at the University of Zurich. Her research consists of studying the structure of matter at the highest energies possible to understand the fundamental nature of the universe. She received a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Rochester in 2003 where her research on the D0 experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron focused on measuring properties of the heaviest known particle, the top quark. Her PhD thesis was awarded the Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Award for best PhD dissertation in experimental particle physics by the American Physical Society, the University Research Association Thesis Award for best PhD dissertation performed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the Frederick Lobkowicz Thesis Prize for best PhD dissertation in high energy particle or nuclear physics awarded by the University of Rochester.
She moved to the CDF experiment as a postdoctoral researcher for the University of California at Los Angeles, and continued her research on CDF as a tenure-track Fermilab Wilson fellow, gaining the title of Scientist-1. In 2008, she moved to the University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor, where her research focused on the ATLAS experiment, and was promoted in 2012 to Associate Professor. In 2008, she received the Alfred Sloan Fellowship in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to physics. In 2010, she was awarded the Young Scientist Prize of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics for outstanding achievement in experimental particle physics.
She is currently a member of the Physics Advisory Committee to the director of the Fermi National Laboratory, secretary of the International Union of Physicists and Applied Physicists (C11), and she represents the University of Zurich in the Cherenkov Telescope Array council.
Her current research is focused on the CMS experiment, which she joined in 2012. She is currently serving a two-year term (2018-2020) as the Top-quark Physics Analysis Group convener for the CMS experiment, and is engaged in developing the next upgrade of the CMS pixel detector.