Suzie obtained a first class honours degree in physics from the University of Melbourne in her native Australia in 2006, before completing a DPhil at the University of Oxford in 2010. During her DPhil she worked on designing a new type of particle accelerator for cancer treatment using protons and light ions, as part of the Particle Accelerator for MEdicaL Applications or 'PAMELA' project, under the supervision of Prof. Ken Peach.
She was then awarded the prestigious 2010 Brunel Research Fellowship from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 and from 2010 to 2013 was based in the ASTeC Intense Beams Group at the STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab in Oxfordshire. Here she worked on designing new and challenging high power proton accelerators for future applications, based on the 'Fixed Field Alternating Gradient' accelerator principle.
From November 2013 to March 2015 she was a Senior Accelerator Physicist in the ASTeC Intense Beams Group, developing research collaborations with groups in Japan and focusing on a number aspects of fundamental beam physics, novel high intensity hadron accelerators and accelerator characterisation.
Suzie joined Oxford Physics in April 2015 on a joint appointment with STFC/ASTeC to continue her research on the topic of high power hadron accelerators and to further contribute to the John Adams Institute training and education programmes. You can learn more about her research and collaborations here.
Alongside her research, Suzie is passionate about the promotion and communication of science, for which she has received a number of awards. In 2010 she received the esteemed British Science Association Lord Kelvin Award and the University of Oxford Vice Chancellors Civic Award for her work in presenting science to school and public audiences. Suzie is regularly invited to present lectures at the Royal Institution, Institute of Physics and other venues. In 2014 and 2015 she co-presented large headline shows at the Big Bang Fair to audiences totalling 12,000 people each year alongside TV presenter and food writer Stefan Gates. Her current public engagement projects can be found here.