Horace D. Taft Associate Professor of Physics
Sarah Demers is the Horace D. Taft Associate Professor of Physics at Yale University. She received her bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University in 1999 and her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 2005, where she worked on the CDF Experiment at Fermilab’s proton, anti-proton accelerator. A particle physicist, she is interested in the fundamental particles of nature and the forces through which they interact. She uses charged leptons, primarily taus and muons, to search for physics beyond the current Standard Model. After teaching for two years as an assistant professor at Roberts Wesleyan College, she returned to research with a postdoctoral position for Stanford’s Linear Accelerator Center, during which time she was based at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Demers joined the faculty at Yale in 2009. Her work has been recognized with an Early Career Award from the Department of Energy as well as a US ATLAS Fellowship. She has several teaching and service awards from Yale. She teaches “The Physics of Music” and co-teaches “The Physics of Dance” at Yale, and she co-authored the book Physics and Dance with dancer, choreographer, and Yale Professor Emily Coates. Demers is currently a member of the ATLAS and Mu2e Collaborations.