**Bei Zeng**is an associate professor specializing in quantum entanglement and quantum information theory at the University of Guelph. She co-authored

*Quantum Information Meets Quantum Matter – From Quantum Entanglement to Topological Phase in Many-Body Systems*. Her research is on the theory of correlation and entanglement in quantum systems.

**Céline Boehm**works at the intersection between cosmology, particle physics, and astrophysics at Durham University in the UK. Over the past 16 years, her research has focused on the experiments that could elucidate the nature of dark matter, the invisible substance that represents about 80 percent of the universe and appears to be an essential ingredient in shaping its large-scale structures. The hope is to unravel new physics beyond the Standard Model and discover the fundamental laws which prevailed in the early universe.

**Didina Serban**is a researcher in quantum fields and strings and mathematical physics at Institut de Physique Théorique in France. Over the past decade, her research has focused on higher-dimensional examples of exactly solvable systems, namely in integrability in gauge and string theory.

**Gemma De las Cuevas**is a researcher in quantum information, condensed matter, and tensor networks at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Germany. Starting in August, she will be at the University of Innsbruck’s Institute of Theoretical Physics, in Austria. Her research focuses on areas such as positivity in tensor networks, continuous limits of tensor networks, and the universality of classical spin models.

**Mairi Sakellariadou**is a professor of theoretical physics at King’s College London in the UK. Her field of research is theoretical physics and cosmology, with an emphasis on the physics of the early universe. Her research stands at the interface between cosmology, theoretical particle physics, and gravitational theories, testing the most advanced theories against the plethora of astrophysical, cosmological, and high energy physics data. Her aim is to keep contributing to the collective scientific effort to uncover the early stages of the evolution of our universe and provide the means to test quantum gravity proposals, using the early universe as our (unique) laboratory.

**Radja Boughezal**is a particle physicist at Argonne National Laboratory in the United States. Her research focuses on ultra-precise predictions in Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD), the theory of the strong force. She has recently applied her QCD investigations to understand the properties of the newly discovered Higgs boson, the particle that is believed to give mass to all elementary particles in nature. Radja’s predictions are needed in order to understand whether the measured properties of the Higgs boson hint at the existence of new laws that address open questions about our universe.

**Sumati Surya**is a quantum gravity researcher at the Raman Research Institute in India whose work over the past 10 years has focused on the causal set approach to quantum gravity and the related areas of Lorentzian geometry and quantum foundations. Her work involves an ambitious bottom-up attempt to reconstruct continuum spacetime from discrete sets of points which are partially ordered. This partial order mimics the causal structure of spacetime which itself encapsulates the entire conformal geometry.

## FURTHER EXPLORATION:

- Find out more about Emmy Noether Visiting Fellowships here
- Keep Calm and Carry On Researching: Cosmologist Sarah Shandera discusses the importance of fellowships for women
- Emmy Noether initiatives at Perimeter Institute