Jonathan L. Feng

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Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy
School of Physical Sciences
Ph.D., Stanford University
Phone: (949) 824-9821
Fax: (949) 824-2174
University of California, Irvine
4129 Frederick Reines Hall
Mail Code: 4576
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Theoretical Particle Physics, Astroparticle Physics, and Cosmology
Academic Distinctions
Distinguished Professor, 2021
Chancellor's Professor, 2020
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2016
Simons Investigator, 2015
Guggenheim Fellowship, 2014
CERN Scientific Associate, 2014
Simons Fellowship in Theoretical Physics, 2012
Fellow, American Physical Society, 2007
Chancellor's Fellow, 2006
Sloan Foundation Fellowship, 2004
Distinguished Assistant Professor Award for Research, UCI Academic Senate, 2004
Outstanding Young Researcher Award, International Association of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers, 2004
NSF CAREER Award, 2003
Michelson Prize in Physics, 2001
Research Abstract
Jonathan Feng's work is at the interface of physics and astronomy and explores the deep connections between our understanding of the Universe at the smallest and largest length scales. Feng's research spans topics in cosmology and astroparticle, particle, and nuclear physics. He is recognized both for his leadership as founding Co-Spokesperson of the FASER, the Forward Search Experiment at CERN, and as a central figure in the theoretical study of dark matter, through his work in constructing models, deducing observational consequences, and motivating and interpreting experimental searches.
Awards and Honors
Dean's Honoree Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UC Irvine, 2022
Outstanding Faculty Award for Graduate Teaching, UC Irvine, 2022
Short Biography
Feng received degrees in physics and mathematics from Harvard, Cambridge, and Stanford. He joined the UC Irvine faculty in 2002 and became Professor and Chancellor's Fellow in 2006, Chancellor's Professor in 2020, and Distinguished Professor in 2021. Feng is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his research has been recognized by awards from the National Science, Sloan, Guggenheim, Heising-Simons, and Simons Foundations.

Feng's research and interviews have been featured in Science, Nature, the Washington Post, USA Today, The Big Bang Theory, and other popular venues. He has also narrated animated comics about physics that have appeared on PBS television, and he wrote a Scientific American cover story that won the National Magazine Award. At UC Irvine, he is the co-founder of the lecture series “What Matters to Me and Why,'' which brings together students, faculty, and staff to hear speakers talk about their most meaningful commitments and beliefs, with the goal of fostering an atmosphere of community on campus.
Professional Societies
American Physical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
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