Natalie Roe

Natalie Roe is a particle physicist and observational cosmologist whose career has spanned searches for new particles at colliders, studies of fundamental symmetries in rare particle decays, and large-scale surveys of the universe to study dark energy and the early universe.  She has led the design and construction of advanced instrumentation to enable experiments at the cutting edge of both particle physics and cosmology, including the forward tracker for the Anomalous Single Photon experiment and the Silicon Vertex Tracker for the BaBar experiment, both at SLAC, the fabrication of fully-depleted CCDs at Berkeley Lab’s MicroSystems Laboratory for cosmological surveys, and a major upgrade of the spectrographs for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey.  She is currently a member of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument and the CMB-S4 collaborations.

Roe is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society. She has served as president of the APS Division of Particles and Fields, as well as numerous national and international advisory committees including the DOE/NSF High Energy Physics Advisory Panel (HEPAP), CERN Scientific Policy Committee, Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee and the Visiting Committee for the NSF Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

As Director of the Physics Division, Roe oversaw an expansion of research into dark matter, dark energy, cosmic microwave background studies, and quantum information science. Appointed as the Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences in July 2020, Natalie Roe champions LBNL’s highly-accomplished research divisions in accelerator technology, engineering, nuclear science, particle physics and cosmology.  She led the formation of the first mentoring program in the Physical Sciences Area, and serves as the executive sponsor for the Lab’s Early Career Employee Resource Group. She was a founding member of the Lab’s Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC).

Natalie Roe received her PhD in Physics in 1989 from Stanford University. She joined the Lab as a postdoctoral fellow and held positions as Staff Scientist, Senior Scientist and Physics Division Director prior to taking on the ALD role.