When I applied for a Liberal Arts & Sciences degree in Amsterdam 9 years ago I could not have dreamed that I would now be working for CERN: one of the world’s leading particle physics laboratories. After getting a taste for the different paths science has to offer at Amsterdam University College, I decided to pursue a postgraduate degree in particle physics at Durham University. The course there deepened my interest and love for the quest of understanding the universe and its fundamental building blocks.
I stayed in England for my PhD but switched from theoretical- to experimental- particle physics. I currently work as a PhD researcher at the University of Sussex and am a member of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. My research concerns the Higgs boson which is a particle that was discovered only 6 years ago. Specifically I look at how the Higgs interacts with the top quark; the heaviest elementary particle.