Emilija Pantic

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Assistant Professor

One Shields Avenue
Physics Department

Office: 327 Physics Building
Phone: 310-618-4625
Fax: 530-752-4717
Email: pantic@ucdavis.edu

Personal Website: http://pantic.physics.ucdavis.edu/

Research Interests:

My past and present research efforts are focused on the field of particle astrophysics with particular emphasis on the understanding of dark matter, the matter which plays an important role in the structure formation in the Universe and represents a signature of physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. The nature of dark matter still remains unknown and is recognized as one of the greatest puzzles in science today. There are a variety of dark matter particle candidates within different extended particle physics models, but particular focus has been given to weakly interacting massive particles (WIMPs). Recently, we have entered the era of experimental data by using three complementary detection methods: production in particle accelerators, direct detection of scattering in terrestrial detectors and indirect detection of products from dark matter particle annihilation in the galactic halo.

Research Areas

Career History

  • M.Sci in Physics, Faculty of Belgrade, Serbia, 2005
  • Ph.D in Physics, Technical University Munich/MPI, Munich, Germany, 2008
  • Undergraduate Student Researcher, MPI, Munich, Germany, 2004
  • Graduate Student Researcher, MPI, Munich, Germany, 2005-2008
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA, 2008-2011
  • Assistant Research Physicist, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA, 2011-2013
  • Assistant Professor, UC Davis, Davis, CA, USA, 2014-Present


  • NSF Career Award, 2015
  • Royal Norwegian Embassy Scholarship, Belgrade, Serbia, 2000