Dr. Ia Iashvili, Physics
Dr. Ia Iashvili earned her undergraduate degree at Tbilisi State University in 1990, and received her Ph.D. at Humboldt University, Berlin in 2000. Dr. Ia Iashvili is presently an Associate Professor of Physics at the University at Buffalo. Her current research focuses on examination of the Standard Model (SM), measurements of its parameters, and on the search for the Higgs particle. One of the parameters of the SM is the top quark mass, which is the heaviest elementary particle observed so far. Dr. Ia Iashvili’s work on measurement of the top quark mass uses data recorded by D0 experiment at Fermilab’s Tevatron collider. As a member of the CMS Collaboration, Dr. Ia Iashivili also investigates LHC potential for the discovery of Higgs boson and other particles predicted by theories beyond the SM. This work, in collaboration with two colleagues Salvatore Rappoccio and Avto Kharchilava as well as physicists across the world, was part of the decades long search for the Higgs boson particle which in 2013 earned François Englert and Peter W. Higgs the Nobel Prize in Physics. Dr. Ia Iashvili helped plan and build the CMS detector at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s strongest particle accelerator, as well as participated in CMS experiments in search of the Higgs boson. Additionally Iashvili was one of two CMS scientists charged with delivering the first energy scale calibration for the CMS, a process critical to the CMS project’s ability to identify the Higgs boson and other particles.