Marcela Carena is an internationally renowned expert on revolutionary ideas in particle physics, ideas about to be tested at the Large Hadron Collider. She has worked closely with experimental physicists at the Fermilab and CERN laboratories developing strategies for discovery at the world’s highest-energy particle colliders. A star of The Atom Smashers, a 2008 documentary feature film about the search for “The God Particle,” Dr. Carena has developed and extended theories to explain the origins of matter and mass, as well as the identity of the mysterious dark matter that fills the universe. She has proposed connections between the Higgs boson, supersymmetry, extra dimensions of space and the unification of all forces and matter in the Big Bang.
Dr. Carena, who advises the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation, is a senior scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., and a professor of physics at the University of Chicago and the Enrico Fermi Institute.