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Staff

This website is currently work in progress.

Staff linked to BILPA activities consists mainly of members of the particle physics groups, with colleagues from Nuclear (†) and Medical Physics (*). Below you find a list of all people involved in BILPA activities, and the profiles of the people who are key to the development and management of the lab.




Academics and Research Staff

‒ Phil Allport, Laura Gonella, Stuart Green*, Paul Newman, Kostas Nikolopoulos, Peter Jones†, David Parker†*, Juergen Thomas, Nigel Watson, Steve Worm


Post-doctoral Staff

‒ Jacob Kempster, Ben Phoenix*, Tony Price


Technical Staff

‒ Imran Iqbal, Simon Pyatt


Current Students

‒ Daniel Briglin, James Broughton, John Cotterill*, Jack Lindon, Alasdair Winter


Students from September 2017

‒ Robert Bosley, Sam Flynn*, Patrick Freeman, Wennlöf Håkan, Patrick Knights




As with all facilities they need experienced and trained staff to run them.

Meet the staff who are the key members of the Particle Physics Silicon Laboratory.



Phil Allport

Phil Allport

Phil Allport is the professor at the University of Birmingham leading the School's new instrumentation initiative, BILPA.

Phil is an expert on radiation-hard detectors for use at hadron colliders and pioneered the use of p-type substrate sensors for such environments, as a founder member of CERN’s RD50 Collaboration. From 2011-2015 he was the Upgrade Coordinator of the ATLAS Experiment on the LHC and a member of the ATLAS Executive Board. He is now the ITk Institute Board chair.

He is a leading international player in the High-Luminosity LHC (LHC upgrade) programme and is the Silicon Detectors expert within the European Committee for Future Accelerators Detector R&D Panel. He has served on a number of national and international committees including chairing the UK Particle Physics Advisory Panel and the IoP High Energy Particle Physics Group.

He is a founder member of the Proton Radiotherapy Verification and Dosimetry Application (PRaVDA) consortium, employing HL-LHC detector technology developed with UK industry for medical applications.

He has been the Birmingham lead within AIDA-2020, where the MC40 cyclotron provides the UK’s only Transnational Access facility within this EU funded programme and is used extensively for a range of radiation studies.

Over the years, Phil has presented on particle physics instrumentation at most of the major particle physics conferences and to the main international committees. He has also been involved in organising a large number of international conferences and workshops on particle physics detectors.



Simon Pyatt

Simon Pyatt

Simon Pyatt is the senior research technician for the BILPA facility and the Birmingham Particle Physics Group.

He joined the University of Birmimgham in 2000 and was originally employed as a PCB layout designer. When Ian McGill left for a job at CERN in 2001 Simon took over the running of the facility.

Simon has worked on the original ATLAS SemiConductor Tracker project as the senior technician. He has been involved in other work that include projects for other schools, Universities and even external companies.

He has extensive knowledge of wire bonding and ASIC bonding techniques for both prototyping and production work. He also has experience of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering.

Simon also maintains the BILPA website.

Here is the link to Simon's work page



Tony Price

Tony Price

Tony Price has a PhD in novel particle detection methods and a Masters degree in Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology, both gained at the University of Birmingham.

He is currently employed as a Research Fellow developing radiation hard sensors for future Particle Physics experiments and medical applications. Depleted CMOS Active Pixel Sensors are currently under investigation for use in Digital Electromagnetic Calorimetry at the proposed International Linear Collider, and Future Circular Collider experiments.

Tony is also a member of the Proton Radiotherapy Verification and Dosimetry Applications (PRaVDA) Consortium which seeks to build the worlds first fully silicon proton Computed Tomography device to reduce uncertainties during proton radiotherapy and improve the treatment of certain paediatric, and head and neck cancers.



Laura Gonella

Laura Gonella

Laura is a lecturer in particle physics instrumentation at the University of Birmingham. She joined the University of Birmingham in 2015, having previously been assistant professor at the University of Bonn.

She has expertise on semiconductor detectors for high energy physics experiments, having worked on novel sensor concepts, radiation-hard CMOS technologies, hybridisation techniques, and powering schemes.

She is currently working on the upgrade of the ATLAS strip tracker at the HL-LHC, where she co-leads the ATLAS ITK Strip Tracker Upgrade ASICs group, and on a number of R&D projects on depleted Monolithic Active Pixels for future particle and nuclear physics experiments, and medical applications. She is heavily involved in managing and running the ATLAS and AIDA2020 irradiation programs at the MC40 cyclotron in Birmingham.



Steve Worm

Steve Worm

Steve Worm is an academic staff member at the University of Birmingham, having joined in 2016. Before this he was a Senior Scientist at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, Professor at Rutgers University in the USA, and European Union Marie Curie Fellow at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva.

Steve led searches for new particles and physics interactions at the CDF and CMS experiments, having convened the groups responsible for finding new physics beyond that of the Standard Model.

He is an expert in silicon detector systems, and led the silicon sensor development, procurement and implementation for the Collider Detector at Fermilab. He led silicon pixel sensor R&D for the International Linear Collider with the LCFI collaboration, which pioneered the development of fully-depleted monolithic pixels with deep p-type implantation. He continues to develop new CMOS sensors via collaborative efforts in the UK and with the AIDA-2020 collaboration in the EU.

Steve pioneered new techniques at the LHC to search for Dark Matter in the "monojet" search channel, and wrote some of the most highly-cited papers on the topic. In the process he helped to create an entirely new area of research, that of generic, collider-based searches for dark matter.

Steve is currently searching for Dark Matter at the LHC and building the next generation of tracking detectors for the upgraded ATLAS experiment.