Bio


Professor Schuster is a theoretical physicist focused on identifying dark matter and its properties, developing concepts for new experimental tests of physics beyond the Standard Model, and studying novel theories of long-range forces. He is also directly involved in several experimental efforts as co-spokesperson for APEX, a founding member and physics coordinator for LDMX, and as a founding member of HPS.

Prospective graduate students interested in research rotations should contact Professor Schuster directly. Recent research directions include new ideas to detect axions, milli-charge dark matter, the use of novel accelerator experiments to search for light WIMP-like dark matter, and generalizations of gauge theories that include massless particles with continuous spin. Publications are listed on INSPIRE.

Professor Schuster is also chair of the Particle Physics & Astrophysics department at Stanford’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

Academic Appointments


  • Associate Professor, Particle Physics and Astrophysics

Administrative Appointments


  • Department Chair, Particle Physics & Astrophysics (2020 - Present)

Honors & Awards


  • New Horizons in Physics Prize, Fundamental Physics Prize Foundation (Nov. 2014)
  • Early Researcher Award, Ontario (2015)
  • Discovery Accelerator Award, NSERC (2012)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., Harvard University, Physics (2007)
  • M.S., Harvard University, Physics (2005)
  • S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Physics (2003)

2021-22 Courses