Who We Are:

The Principal Investigator

Chen-Yu Liu head shot

Chen-Yu Liu, PhD {she/her/hers}, is a Full Professor in the Physics Department and the Nuclear Physics Laboratory (NPL) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Dr. Liu completed her doctoral research in Experimental Nuclear Physics at Princeton University, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center as a Director’s Funded Post-Doctoral Fellow. She is an alumna of National Taiwan University. She was a Sloan Research Fellow (2007-2008) and a Rosen Scholar (2016-2017). She taught at Indiana University from 2005-2022 and was named the James H. Rudy Professor of Physics. In 2022, she was recruited to UIUC through the U of I Distinguished Faculty Recruitment Program.

Expertise: Experimental nuclear and particle physics; ultracold neutrons; beta-decays; neutrino physics; electric dipole moments; precision measurements on fundamental constants and testing fundamental symmetries.

Research Interests: my research interest

Publications: see our Resources page for free full text copies. If you can’t find what you want, email me!

More information about Prof. Liu here — An updated CV can be found here — Her PhD dissertation is here— ResearchGate is here — LinkedIn is here

Email: chenyliu [at] illinois.edu


Postdoctoral Fellows

Yi (Jennie) Chen 2019–present

Austin Reid 2018–present, a visiting professor at Trinity College during 2020-2021


Graduate Students

Douglas Wong, IU 2016--present

Maria Dawid, IU 2020--present


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Alicen Houff, IU 2020 -- present

Gregory Gill, IU 2020 -- present


Past graduate students:

Past postdoctoral fellows:

  • Robert Pattie (IU, 2017), now a tenure-track assistant professor at the East Tennessee State University
  • Adam Holley (IU, 2012–2014), now a tenured associate professor at the Tennessee Technological University
  • Chris Lavelle (IU, 2007–2010), now a senior staff scientist in the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Goverdhan Reddy Turpu (IU, 2007–2009), now a professor in the Department of Pure and Applied Physics, Guru Ghasidas University (Central University), Bilaspur, India


My research group at Indiana University (2010)

Liu group at IU (2010)
From left: Chris Lavelle, Craig Huffer, Goverdhan Reddy Turpu, Young JIn Kim, Chen-Yu Liu, Dan Salvat, Greg Manus, Patrick McChesney, Maciej Karcz


Liu group at IU (2010)