Sophia obtained her Ph.D. in physics at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015, where she was supervised by Prof. Mark Alford. After graduation, she then joined Prof. Andrew Steiner’s group, working as a postdoc at University of Tennessee Knoxville and a guest visitor at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Starting from September 2018, Sophia has been stationed at Ohio University within the N3AS Collaboration Network.
Before coming to the U.S., she completed undergraduate degrees in Materials Science & Engineering (major) and English (minor) at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2009. Sophia’s research interests revolve around properties of dense matter in the QCD phase diagram and neutron star physics. She has been working on effects of possible phase transitions in neutron star Equation of State and relating them to astrophysical observations. She is also interested in constraining theoretical models of nuclear matter with the aid of laboratory experiments and multi-messenger astronomy.