Ronald Fernando Garcia Ruiz

Office: 26-427

Department of Physics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
77 Massachusetts Avenue. Cambridge, MA

Phone: +1 (617) 253 8085

Graduate Students @ MIT

Alex Brinson (supervisor)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Laboratory for Nuclear Science

Boston, US

Dr. Ronald Fernando Garcia Ruiz is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics at MIT. His research actives are focussed on the development of laser spectroscopy techniques to investigate the properties of subatomic particles using atoms and molecules made up of short-lived radioactive nuclei. His experimental work provides unique information about the fundamental forces of nature, the properties of nuclear matter at the limits of existence, and the search for new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.

Ronald grew up in a small town in the Colombian mountains. As a teenager he moved to Bogota, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2009 at Universidad Nacional de Colombia. After earning a Master’s degree in Physics in 2011 at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, he moved to Belgium to start his PhD degree at KU Leuven. Ronald was based at CERN during most of his PhD working on laser spectroscopy techniques for the study of short-lived atomic nuclei. After his PhD, he became a Research Associate at The University of Manchester (2016-2017). In 2018, he was awarded a CERN Research Fellowship to lead the local CRIS team. At CERN, he has led several experimental programmes motivated by modern developments in nuclear science, atomic physics and quantum chemistry.

Fellowships & Awards

  • DOE Early Career Award 2020

  • 2020 FRIB visiting scholar award

  • 2020 Fundamental Physics and Innovation award - Convening award - Gordon & Betty Moore

  • 2019 MISTI Global Seed Fund award

  • 2018 – 2019 CERN Research Fellowship. CERN, Switzerland

  • 2018 IOP Nuclear Physics Group Early Career Prize. Institute of Physics (IOP), UK.

  • 2018 Best PhD Thesis prize (period 2015-2017.) Nuclear Physics Division of the European Physical Society (EPS).

  • 2011 – 2015 PhD scholarship. KU Leuven, Belgium.

  • 2009 – 2011 Graduate Studies Fellowship. National Congress of Sci. and Tech. CONACYT, Mexico.

  • 2008 – 2008 Summer student scholarship. ORNL, USA.

  • 2006 – 2009  Undergraduate fellowship - Top 10%. Department of Physics. Univ. Nacional de Colombia.

Adam Vernon (co-supervisor)
The University of Manchester

CERN, Geneva 1211

Geneva, Switzerland 

Graduate Students @ CERN

Cory Binnersley (co-supervisor)

The University of Manchester‎

Room 4.18 Schuster Laboratory 

Manchester, UK.

Agi Koszorus (co-supervisor)

KU Leuven

CERN, Geneva 1211

Geneva, Switzerland 

Christopher Ricketts (co-supervisor)

The University of Manchester‎

CERN, Geneva 1211

Geneva, Switzerland 

Fredrik Parnefjord Gustafsson (co-supervisor)

KU Leuven

CERN, Geneva 1211

Geneva, Switzerland 


CRIS Collaboration @ CERN

COLLAPS Collaboration @ CERN

Silviu-Marian Udrescu (supervisor)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Laboratory for Nuclear Science

Boston, US

Kunal Gupta

Indian Institute of Technology

Delhi, India

Undergraduate Students

High-School Students

Aydan Pirani

Evergreen Valley High School

San Jose, CA, US

Technical Support

Ernest Ihloff

Bates Research and Engineering Center (BATES), MIT

Principal Research Engineer

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