Zhenyu Ye
Associate Professor
University of Illinois, Chicago
Department of Physics
University of Illinois, Chicago

My reasearch is on high-energy nuclear and particle physics, ranging from the spin structure of the nucleon, protperties of elementary particles, to properties of the Quark-Gluon Plasma (QGP). I did my Ph.D. thesis research at DESY, Germany in 2003-2006, studying the nucleon spin structure with the HERMES experiment on the HERA storage ring. I was a postdoctoral Research Associate at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in 2007-2012, where I conducted a number of studies, including Top quark mass measurements and searches for the Higgs boson with the D0 experiment on the Tevatron proton-antiproton collider, and contributed to the R&D efforts on 3D integration techniques for Silicon Pixel detectors. I served as conveners of the D0 Silicon Microstrip Tracker group in 2008-2010, the Top Quark Physics group in 2010-2012 and the Jet Energy Scale working group in 2011-2012.

I joined UIC in 2012, working on the STAR experiment on the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory and CMS experiment on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. My research focuses on measurements of Heavy Flavor particles and study their interactions with the QGP. I served as the Physics Analysis Coordinator of the STAR collaboration in 2017-2020, after serving as the convener of the STAR Heavy Flavor Physics group in 2014-2017. My group has played a leading role in detector upgrade for the STAR experiment. I served as the sub-system manager of the STAR Intermediate Silicon Tracker (IST) detector in 2012-2016. I am now serving as the sub-system manager for the STAR Forward Silicon Tracker (FST), leading the detector design and construction.

In the longer-term, I am interested in Silicon Detector R&D and exploring physics opportunities provided by a future high luminosity and high energy electron ion collider.



HERMES Experiment
HERMES Experiment
D0 Experiment
D0 Experiment
STAR Experiment
STAR Experiment
EIC Experiment
Electron-Ion Collider