School of Physics and Astronomy

Francesca Di Lodovico


Professor of Particle Physics

Telephone: 020 7882 6061
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 413



  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP)
  • Fellow of the High Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Prince2 Foundation
  • PhD in Particle Physics


  • 2016 Breakthrough Prize Laureate
  • 2009-2014 ERC Starting Grant Awardee
  • 2013 and 2015 QMUL Faculty Research Awards
  • 2012 and 2013 IPPP-Durham associateships

Main Leadership Roles

  • Hyper-Kamiokande International co-Project Leader
  • T2K Nead Detector Steering Committee member (G4)

Commissions of Trust

  • 2018 - Present LHC Experiments Committee (CERN)
  • 2018 - Present European Research Council Panel Member.
  • 2016 - Present Royal Society: University Research Fellowship (URF) Extended Panel.
  • 2015 - 2017 Fermilab: Long Baseline Neutrino Committee (LBNC).
  • 2015 – Present  Frontier Physics Editor.
  • 2013 – 2018  STFC: ATLAS Upgrade Oversight Committee.
  • 2007 – 2008 STFC: Fellowship Panel member.
  • 2010 – Present Springer: SpringerBriefs in Physics Editor.
  • 2010 – Present Reviewer for Physics Letters B, Cost Action (EU), STFC.
  • 2009 – Present Invited World Expert to send nominations for the Nobel and EPS HEP Prizes.


I am a member of the Particle Physics Reseach Centre (PPRC). I have been head of the group from 2014 to 2018. 

My primary research interest is neutrino physics where I focus on major open questions in physics like the origin of matter of antimatter in the universe and on the nature of neutrinos.

I am the international project leader of the Hyper-Kamiokande collaboration.

Furthermore, I am part of the current generation of long baseline experiment T2K, of which I am a member of the Near Detector Steering Committee, called G4, and its far detector Super-Kamiokande.

Finally, I am part of SNO+, whose primary goal is to understand the nature of neutrinos, i.e. whether Dirac or Majorana and ANNIE, a technical experiment at Fermilab, that aims to measure the neutron multiplicity in a Gd-doped water Cherenkov detector.





Teaching and Recruitment

Previous courses:

  • Master (MSc) and EuroMaster Project Module organizer.
  • SEFP School and Physics coordinator
  • Director of Admissions in the School of Physics and Astronomy.
  • Co-chair of the Recruitment Committee in the School of Physics and Astronomy.
  • SEFP School and Physics coordinator
  • Field and Waves Deputy Module Organizer 
  • SEFP tutor for SEF030.
  • Physics with Particle Physics BSc (F392) and MSci (F393)  programme organizer (and creator) (2008-2014).
  • Scientific Measurements (PHY-103)
  • Elementary Particle Physics (PHY-306)
  • Quantum Physics Deputy Module Organizer.

Current PhD Students

  • Nauman Akhlaq, from Oct. 2018
  • Tommaso Boschi (joint studentship with Durham), from Oct. 2016
  • Susana Sedgwick (joint studentship with Southampton), from Oct. 2016

Former PhD Students [current position]

  • 2017, Paul Martins, "Measurement of the Neutrino Charged Current Coherent Pion Production Cross Section on Carbon and Oxygen with the T2K Near Detector" [data analytics]
  • 2016, Ashley Back, "Probing new physics mechanisms in neutrinoless double-beta decay with SNO+" [postdoc, Iowa (US)]
  • 2016, Sophie King (joint studentship with Southampton), "Leptogenesis constraints on low-energy neutrino parameters, and a measurement of the charged current zero pion electron neutrino cross section with the T2K near detector." [postdoc, QMUL]
  • 2015, Ela Poplawska, "Study of the neutral current interaction with a pi0 in the final state in the ND280 detector of the T2K experiment" [data analytics]
  • 2015, Linda Cremonesi, "Measurement of the muon  neutrino charged current pion  production cross-section on water  using the T2K near detector" using the T2K near detector" [postdoc, UCL]
  • 2011, Alex Hyndman, "Muon Neutrino Disappearance at T2K" [filmaker]
  • 2010, Melissa George, "Calibrating the Electromagnetic Calorimeter of T2K" [academic, Cambridge]
  • 2009, Michael Sigamani, "Determination of |Vub| using the lepton energy spectrum in events tagged with a fully reconstructed B meson" [finance]
  • 2009, Chukwudi Clarke, "Measurements of Partial Branching Fractions for B -> Xulnu and Determination of |Vub|" [finance]

Erasmus+ students: 6. Chinese Summer student: 1


Research Interests:


My primary interest is in understanding the matter-antimatter asymmetry in the Universe. One of the best ways to do this is by studying the properties of the neutrino. Understanding the nature of this elusive particle is one of the highest priorities in physics today. However, getting the neutrino to reveal its secrets is not a simple matter. It requires complex experiments employing state-of-the-art technologies and equally complex analysis methods.

Long-baseline neutrino experiments provide the best and most direct way to measure the CP violating nature of the neutrino. I hold leadership positions in current and next generation long-baseline neutrino experiments.

My current research focuses on the T2K experiment located in Japan. This experiment is currently the most successful long-baseline neutrino experiment in the world. It consists of a near-detector, nd280, located close to the beam and a far-detector, Super-Kamiokande, located in a mountain 295Km away from the beam. It provided the first indication that muon neutrinos oscillate into electron neutrinos.

Further work is currently underway to measure the electron neutrino and antineutrino appearance and reduce the systematic errors through a better understanding of (anti)neutrino cross section and neutrino-nucleon interactions using the nd280 detector array.

Since Jan 2016 I am also a member of the Super-Kamiokande collaboration focussing in particular on the enhancement of the detector with gadolinium.

I am also dedicating time to the next generation of long baseline neutrino experiments: Hyper-Kamiokande, that aims to measure CP violation in the leptonic sector, precisely determine all the oscillation parameters and perform a rich set of other measurements, like the proton decay, supernova burst studies, relic neutrinos determination etc.

I am a member of the ANNIE collaboration that aims to be the first experiment to use a new type of detector, LAPPD, in water.

In 2011, I became a member of SNO+, where I am interested in understanding what type the neutrino is: whether it is Dirac or Majorana.

From 2011 to 2014, I worked on the LAGUNA-LBNO FP7 project that aims to study the hardware and physics case for a next-generation very large multipurpose underground neutrino observatory in Europe that aims to accurately measure CP violation and neutrino mass differences.

I am also a member of the BaBar experiment, on which I worked on the radiative penguin and semileptonic decays (of which group I was the chair in the Heavy Flavour Averaging Group), and a former member of the L3 experiment, on which I worked on the Higgs search.



Selected Recent Publications (click here for a full publication list):


  • F. Di Lodovico, The Hyper-Kamiokande Experiment, FPCP2015, POS FPCP2015 (2015), 038.
  • F. Di Lodovico, Neutrino physics perspectives with Hyper-Kamiokande, NOW2014, Nucl. Part. Phys. Proc. 265-266 (2015 275-280. 
  • F. Di Lodovico, The ANNIE Experiment, NUFACT2014, POS NUFACT2014 (2015), 119.
  • F. Di Lodovico, Hyper-Kamiokande Project, NUFACT2014, POS NUFACT2014 (2015), 007.
  • Editor: Prospects in Neutrino Physics 2013 - NuPhys2013, 2015, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser. 598 011001.
  • F. Di Lodovico, Latest Results on T2K and Hyper-Kamiokande Perspectiives, 1th Internaitonal Conference on Hyperons, Charm and Beauty Hadrons (BEACH 2014), Birmingham, UK, July 21-26 2014, J. Phys. Conf. Ser. 556 (2014), 1, 012061.
  • F. Di Lodovico, T2K Results and Future Plans, Contribution to NUFACT 11, XIIIth International Workshop on Neutrino Factories, Super beams and Beta beams, 1-6 August 2011, CERN and University of Geneva arXiv:1110.5382v1 [hep-ex] (to be published by the IOP conference series).
  • A Review of the Magnitudes of the CKM Matrix Elements, International Journal of Modern Physics A, Vol. 23, No. 31 (2008) 4945-4958arXiv:0811.3540.




    Selected Recent Talks:

    Recent and Planned  Seminars:

    • Hyper-Kamiokande Seminar, Stockholm, 5 March 2019 (planned).
    • Hyper-Kamiokande Seminar, Louvain, 23 January 2019.
    • Neutrino Physics Colloquium, Padova University, 26 January 2017.

    Recent Conference Organization:

    • 2018-present Member of the FPCP organizing committee.
    • Member of the international organization for NUFACT2018. 
    • 2015-2017 Convener of the WG1 in the NUFACT series:
    • Member of the EPS 2017 organizing committee (Neutrino working group).
    • 2013 - present Co-chair and founder of the NuPhys series