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Thirteen early-career researchers with exceptional leadership potential will join four CIFAR research programs. Christine Muschik, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC), has been selected as a 2020-2022 CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar.
CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars join one CIFAR research programs for 24 months where they collaborate with fellows and contribute new approaches toward the most important questions facing science and humanity.
“Early-career researchers are fearless and they have the brilliant ideas that will change the world. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program is designed to nurture the world's next generation of outstanding scientists and science leaders,” says Dr. Alan Bernstein, CIFAR President and CEO.
Muschik is an expert in the theory of quantum communication and quantum simulation. She will join the Quantum Information Research Program, where she'll develop new generators of quantum simulators that will advance fundamental particle interactions.
“My research applies quantum technology to problems in particle physics,” says Muschik, also an affiliate at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. “Ultimately, we want to be able to answer deep open questions such as ‘Why is there more matter than anti-matter, and hence, why do we exist?’ To address these problems, we need new methods for so-called gauge theories, which describe the fundamental forces of nature.”
CIFAR is a Canadian-based global research organization. The CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholars program supports outstanding early-career researchers from around the world through mentorship, a global network, professional skills development and $100,000 in unrestricted research support for two years.
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