Chris got his BS in Astronomy and Mathematics from the University of Southern California in 2007. Then he took a relatively short drive to University of California - San Diego for his PhD. He split his time (almost exactly in half) between San Diego and CERN where he worked on the CMS experiment and was fortunate to work directly on the Higgs boson discovery in the Higgs boson to two photons analysis during LHC's Run 1. After receiving his PhD in 2014, he became a Postdoctoral Researcher at Princeton University during LHC's Run 2.
While there he was a contributor to precision luminosity measurements, the observation of the Higgs boson decay to bottom quarks, and High Luminosity LHC outer tracker upgrades. Now Chris is further pursuing understanding underlying features of the Higgs boson via searches with two Higgs boson signatures.