Trajectories - Success Stories

Perimeter trains the world’s top physicists. We hear about their successful careers through the physics grapevine. But many PI alumni and others have built fantastic careers outside of physics as well.  Below are highlights from their stories. 

After attending PSI at Perimeter, Imogen worked as a software development engineer, first at Amazon Web Services and then at a London-based big data startup. She subsequently completed a PhD in bioinformatics, during which she invented a novel algorithm to find mutations in DNA that confer drug resistance. She then co-founded the company Hyrax Biosciences, which aims to bring routine HIV and TB drug resistance testing to low-resource settings.

Erin Bow studied experimental particle physics, then built a career in science communications, including policy writing, grant writing, and a stint as one of Perimeter’s own science writers. She’s now a novelist, whose recent book THE SCORPION RULES was named the Canadian Library Association's book of the year for young adults


Henry Reich studied math and physics at Grinnell College and theoretical physics at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, where he was later an artist in residence. He's the creator of the popular YouTube video series MinutePhysics and MinuteEarth. In total the two channels have over 6.5 million subscribers.


Jen Dodd received her PhD in Physics at the University of Queensland. She has been inventing new kinds of events for 15 years, including SciBarCamp and the Festival of Ideas. She currently leads the Maker Festival initiative in Toronto and brings to the event her experience working in science outreach, education, event design and theoretical physics.