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Prof. Dr. Giulia Zanderighi


Prof. Dr. Giulia Zanderighi

+49 89 32354-553


Research Focus

Prof. Giulia Zanderighi is an internationally recognized expert in the field of collider phenomenology. This theoretical discipline investigates elementary particles and their fundamental interactions, using mathematical models and calculations. These play a central role in particle physics: the greater the precision with which theoretical physicists calculate the behavior of elementary particles, the more information can be deduced from the data obtainable in accelerator experiments.

Phenomenology and high-precision calculations will have an even more important role to play in the future. In the near future, the LHC will be upgraded to a high-luminosity collider resulting in more particle collisions and therefore greater probability of discovering new physics in the data – i.e. phenomena that cannot be explained with the current Standard Model of particle physics.



Prof. Giulia Zanderighi was born in Milan, Italy, in 1974. After studying physics at the University of Milan, she earned her doctorate from the University of Pavia. She pursued her academic career as a postdoc at the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology in Durham (UK) and Fermilab in Batavia (USA).

In 2005, she became a fellow in the theoretical department at CERN, followed by a position as a lecturer at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow at Wadham College in 2007. As of 2010 she was a Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. In 2014 she took a leave from this position, holding in a five-year staff position at CERN. She has taken her office as a director at the Max Planck Institute for Physics on January 1, 2019.
Charges and memberships

Charges and memberships

Prof. Giulia Zanderighi is and was an active member in multiple scientific advisory boards and committees:

  • Speaker of the International Max Planck Research School Elementary Particle Physics (IMPRS EPP) (since 2020)
  • Editor of the section Quantum Chromodynamics of the Review of the Particle Data Group (PDG) (since 2019)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the IGFAE Institute in Santiago de Compostela (since 2019)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of JHEP (since 2019)
  • Theory Advisory Board of Higgs cross section working group (HXSWG) (since 2018)
  • Advisory Board of the Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics (MITP) (since 2018)
  • Advisory Board of the Galileo Galilei Institute (GGI) (since 2018)
  • Editorial Board of Physics Reports (since 2015) 
  • Appointment Panel A (iii) of the Royal Society  University Research Fellowship (URF) Panel (2015-2018)
  • Program Committee of the Annual Large Hadron Collider Physics (LHCP) conference (since 2016)
  • Scientific Programme committee of Rencontres de  Blois (since 2015)


Scientific awards

  • ERC Consolidator Grant (2013)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel-Forschungspreis by the Humboldt-Foundation (2012)
  • Appointment as Professor of Physics as part of the Recognition of Distinction exercise of the University of Oxford (2010)
  • STFC Advanced Fellowship (2007)


Talks and lectures (selection)

  • Recent developments for the calculation of VH/VBF in the SM, plenary talk at Higgs Coupling, October 2018, Tokyo 
  • Practical QCD at colliders,  lectures given at the Joint ICTP-SAIFR school on Particle Physics, June 2018, San Paulo, Brazil 
  • Status and outlook for precision calculations (relevant for SM measurement and New Physics searches), BNL Forum, October 2017,  Brookhaven
  • Summary talk: theory and experiment, QCD@LHC, September 2017, Debrecen
  • Precision Theory at the LHC,Plenary talk given at the IOP Joint APP and HEPP Annual Conference, April 2017, Sheffield 
  • Precision QCD at the LHC, Physikalisches Kolloquium, January 2017, University of Mainz

Publications (selection)