Katharina is a senior scientist at the University of Zurich working on the LHCb experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. She studied physics at the University of Zurich and received her PhD with a measurement of the proton structure function at the H1 experiment at the electron-proton collider HERA. Her current research interests are measurements with electroweak bosons or prompt photons as well as central exclusive production and diffraction with the LHCb experiment. All these processes probe the structure of the proton and are complementary to the measurements by the ATLAS and CMS experiments. Katharina teaches master and undergraduate courses at the University of Zurich and is advisor for physics students. Since 2015 she is also working for the Science Lab of the University of Zurich that offers courses for schools at the university in order to promote MINT (mathematics, informatics, natural sciences, and technics) areas in education.
Katharina takes an active part in several outreach activities at the University of Zurich, such as Scientifica, a scientific outreach event for the general public in Zurich, information days for high school students, visits of the laboratories of the institute as well as education days for teachers. She is involved in the organisation of the IPPOG masterclasses in Zurich and offers courses in physics at the Science Lab for school classes coming to the university – among them a course in particle physics. “I really enjoy working with young students, it is very motivating and gives immediate feedback.”
Katharina is Switzerland’s representative to IPPOG since 2017.