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Tanya Zelevinsky
Columbia University


"For pioneering research on producing ultracold molecules confined in optical lattices and using them for precision spectroscopy, molecular clock techniques, and tests of fundamental physics."


Tanya Zelevinsky is an associate professor of physics at Columbia University. Her research interests center on high-precision spectroscopy of cold molecules for fundamental physics measurements and for investigations of ultracold chemistry and quantum optics. Her group is developing molecular lattice clocks, ultracold molecule photodissociation, as well as cooling and quantum state manipulation techniques for diatomic molecules with the goal of testing the Standard Model of particle physics and searching for new physics with tabletop experiments. Dr. Zelevinsky received her undergraduate degree from MIT in 1999 and her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2004 and subsequently worked at JILA on atomic lattice clocks.  She joined Columbia University in 2008 to start Columbia’s first research program in modern atomic, molecular, and optical physics. Dr. Zelevinsky became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2018.

Selection Committee:

2019 Selection Committee Members: Fred Wietfeldt (Chair), Steve Lundeen (Vice Chair), Tom Killian, Jens Gundlach, Jens Dilling