Mazin Lab People


Professor Benjamin Mazin

Ben attended Yale University, graduating in 1997.  After Yale, he attended the California Institute of Technology, graduating with a doctorate in Astrophysics in August, 2004.  After a short post-doc, he went to work as a scientist at JPL in March, 2005.  He joined the faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara in September, 2008, where he leads a lab dedicated to the development of optical/UV/X-ray Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors (MKIDs) and astronomical instrumentation for time and energy resolved studies.  He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in 2010.

Phone/Fax: 805-893-3344

Office: 2015A Broida Hall 

Bruce is a member of the senior technical staff at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.  Bruce fabricates the MKID detectors that we use in our instruments.

Bruce Bumble

Sean graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2003, where he worked in Professor Dan McCammon’s group.  He did his Ph.D. work in low temperature experimental physics (specifically, molecular magnets) at the City College of New York (CUNY) with Professor Myriam Sarachik.  Sean was in the lab from 2009 to 2012.

Dr. Sean McHugh

Collaborators (partial list)

Sunil is an Assistant Professor at Caltech.  He is a focused on efforts that try to better understand the nature of the dark matter and dark energy that dominate the universe.  He is a key figure in developing dark matter detectors using MKIDs, and in the Caltech/Colorado Submillimeter MKID Camera for the CSO. 

Jonas is a Professor at Caltech.  Ben’s graduate advisor, he invented the MKID technology (along with Rick LeDuc) and has been a primary driver for its success.  Jonas, with his unique combination of practical and theoretical skills, remains the brain behind much of our MKID progress.

Kieran got his Ph.D. in 2000 from St. Andrews, where he worked with Prof. Keith Horne on X-ray Binaries.  After stints as a postdoc at Amsterdam and St. Andrews he joined ESO as a Staff Astronomer.  He joined Mazin’s lab as an assistant project scientist in November, 2009, and now holds the title of Research Scientist.  Kieran is an expert in rapid optical and X-ray observations of low mass X-ray binaries (LMXBs).  Kieran is now at Oxford, although he is still collaborating closely with us.

Dr. Kieran O’Brien

Seth graduated from UCLA in 2009, and is currently a graduate student at UCSB.  Seth’s thesis project will focus on coronagraphic planet finding with MKIDs. 

Seth Meeker


Paul graduated from Cornell and is currently a graduate student at UCSB.  Paul is focusing on observations of LMXBs and short period compact binaries with ARCONS.

Paul Szypryt

Alex graduated from U. Minnesota and is currently a graduate student at UCSB.

Alex Walter

Postdoc Gerhard graduated from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. He earned his PhD 2009 at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research under Nobel Laureate Professor Klaus von Klitzing. He is working on fabrication and testing of X-ray MKIDs.

Dr. Gerhard Ulbricht

Clint graduated from the University of Colorado, where he did MKID work in Jason Glenn’s group.  He is currently a graduate student at UCSB.

Clint Bockstiegel

Julian graduated in 1998 from the University of Cambridge in the UK, and earned his PhD working in exoplanets with Jian Ge's instrumentation group at Penn State and the University of Florida. He went on to work on the PTF-Orion search for young exoplanets as a postdoc at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute at Caltech, working with Dr. David Ciardi. He joined Mazin's lab as an assistant project scientist at the end of 2012.

Dr. Julian van Eyken

Danica was a Keck Institute for Space Studies postdoctoral scholar at Caltech visiting UCSB for two years.  She worked on the Atacama Cosmology Telescope (ACT) project during her Ph.D. with Mark Devlin at UPenn, culminating in 2011, studying the CMB and high redshift galaxies.  Danica is interested in the development of technology, such as MKIDs, to further experimental cosmology in order to investigate questions about the early Universe and structure formation.  Danica is now a program manager at D-wave. 

Dr. Danica Marsden

Giulia graduated from University degli Studi di Palermo with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, and then got a M.S. from Polytechnic Institute of Torino.  She is currently a Physics graduate student at UCSB.

Giulia Collura

Neelay graduated from Caltech and is currently a graduate student at UCSB focusing on MKID detectors and readout electronics

Neelay Fruitwala  

Greg graduated from Grenoble Institute of Technology with a specialty in physics and nano-science. He obtained his PhD at the Institute of Millimeter Radioastronomy in Grenoble in 2015. The main topic of his research was the fabrication of MKID arrays for the NIKA2 instrument.  Greg began at UCSB in June 2016. 

Dr. Gregoire Coiffard

Matt received his Ph.D. in Physics from UCSB in August 2016.  He is now studying to become a Catholic priest of the Dominican Order.  Matt can be reached at mstrader zero eight at gmail.

Dr. Matthew Strader


Miguel graduated from Brown University, and then obtained a Ph.D. with advisor Bernard Sadoulet at Berkeley working on MKIDs and the CDMS project.  Miguel began at UCSB in August 2016.

Dr. Miguel Daal

Graduate Students

Isabel graduated from Smith College.  She is currently a graduate student at UCSB.

Isabel Liparito

Nick graduated from Berkeley, and is now a graduate student at UCSB.

Nicholas Zobrist