Sam McDermott

I am a postdoc at the University of Chicago using machine learning and numerical techniques to solve problems in cosmological and astrophysical data analysis.

Previously, I was working on particle phenomenology, focusing especially on the search for dark matter. I defended my graduate thesis at the University of Michigan as the student of Kathryn M. Zurek in April of 2014. For my final year in grad school, I was a theory student fellow at Fermilab, working with Dan Hooper and the particle group. I went on to a postdoc at the C. N. Yang Institute for Theoretical Physics at Stony Brook University on Long Island. After that, and most recently before starting my current position, I was the Schramm Fellow in the theoretical astrophysics group on the 6th floor at Fermilab. For undergrad I attended the University of Pennsylvania, where I was a member of the student radio station, WQHS.

My email address is formed by appending uchicago dot (or period) edu to sammcd. And in case it matters to you, my ORC-ID is 0000-0001-5513-1938.

Curriculum Vitae

Current Projects

Publications from my Particle Physics Life


Particles for Justice



The Dark Matter Inverse Problem: Extracting Particle Physics from Scattering Events