Ali Usman

Pronouns: He/him

Affiliation: PhD Physics Candidate (University of Regina)







I am PhD candidate at University of Regina, SK. My research is focused on understanding the structure of subatomic particles like a proton. I work on design and construction of sophisticated particle detectors that are used to conduct experiments at internationally reputed physics labs. I then use high-performance computing to analyze the experimental data before comparing the results with theory predictions. The goal of my research is to understand how universe behaves at the fundamental level and therefore solve the open questions in subatomic physics. I am a visiting researcher at Jefferson Lab, Newport News, VA, USA since January 2020. I am also a member of Electron-Ion Collider (EIC) collaboration where I work on the R&D of future particle accelerator and detector designs. During my Masters’ degree, I worked with CMS Experiment at Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Centre for European Nuclear Research (CERN). I worked on the CMS detector performance as well as analyzed the CMS Run 2 data. I also have a vast teaching experience which includes teaching undergrad labs and first year courses. I have mentored undergrad students during their final year and summer projects.


I enjoy doing outreach and volunteer work. I have served as a graduate student representative on Faculty of Science Council at the University of Regina. I have also worked as a volunteer at the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC). I have helped organized numerous conferences and events within my university as well as wider community. I advocate for EDIA at different platforms. After my PhD, I intend to pursue a career in science policy, where I hope to make meaningful contributions to shaping science and technology policy for the betterment of Canadian society.