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Professor Liss received his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984, after receiving a B.S. in physics from Johns Hopkins University in 1979. He was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Chicago from 1984 to 1988, when he joined the Department of Physics as an assistant professor. He was promoted to associate professor in 1994 and to professor in 1998.
Professor Liss is an experimental high energy physicist whose research probes the fundamental nature of matter at very high energy and at very small distance scales. He has carried out research at the Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL) since 1984, and more recently at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.
At Fermilab, Professor Liss is a leading member of an international collaboration, the Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) collaboration, which has built and operated a large multi-purpose particle detector (the CDF detector), which studies collisions between protons and antiprotons with a center-of-mass energy of 1.96 TeV. He served as the convener of the Top group at FNAL and was one of the leaders of the analysis for the discovery of the top quark. He was the Physics Coordinator for CDF for 2002-04.
Liss’ research focus has recently moved to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European physics laboratory, CERN, just outside of Geneva Switzerland. When the LHC turns on in Fall 2008, it will become the highest energy collider in the world, eclipsing the Fermilab Tevatron. Liss is a member of the ATLAS collaboration at LHC and, together with his post docs and students, works on the ATLAS muon detector system.