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R. Sekhar Chivukula

Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of California San Diego

R. Sekhar Chivukula is a Distinguished Professor of Physics at UC San Diego. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1987. Subsequently, he was a postdoctoral fellow and then a faculty member at Boston University (1987-2003), where he also served as Associate Chair for High-Energy Physics and as Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Physics. He was a Professor of Physics at Michigan State University (2003-2018), where he served as Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the MSU College of Natural Science (2010-2016) and as MSU's Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Undergraduate Studies (2016-2018). He has been at UC San Diego since 2018.

Chivukula's research focuses on the theory of electroweak symmetry breaking and on the phenomenological implications of theories beyond the standard model of particle physics. He teaches at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and is committed to incorporating active learning in all of his classes. Chivukula enjoys making interactive presentations on particle physics and cosmology to the general public and to K-12 students and teachers.

Chivukula has published over 125 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, served on the Gilman HEPAP subpanel, on DOE particle physics laboratory review panels of Argonne, Fermilab, and Brookhaven, as a DPF University representative to HEPAP, on the editorial boards of Physical Review Letters and Physical Review D, and serves as a consultant to the Particle Data Group. He is a co-founder of the LHC Theory Initiative, has worked to organize online postdoctoral applications in high-energy theory, and served as Chair of the 2010 Sakurai Prize Committee.


  • –present
    Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean for Undergraduate Studis ents, Michigan State University