P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Mariangela Lisanti, 2007

Professor of Physics, Princeton University

Mariangela Lisanti is the child of immigrants from Italy

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Physics at Stanford University

Mariangela Lisanti is a professor of physics at Princeton University.

Mariangela was born in the Bronx and raised in Connecticut. Her parents immigrated to the US from Italy and are now naturalized US citizens.

Mariangela graduated in 2005 from Harvard, where she received a BA, summa cum laude, in physics. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Goldwater Scholar, a National Science Foundation, an NDSEG Graduate Research fellow, and a first prize winner of the Intel Science Talent Search and Siemens Westinghouse Science and Technology Competition. At Harvard University, she was the president of the Women in Science student group and editor-in-chief of the Harvard Science Review. She completed her PhD in physics at Stanford.

While even in high school, Mariangela began serious research in university laboratories and a project at Yale University won her significant recognition, including the 2002 TR100 Award, given annually to the world's top innovators under 35.

Following her PhD, Mariangela was a postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University focusing on theoretical particle physics. In Fall 2013, she joined the faculty at Princeton as an Assistant Professor, and is currently an Associate Professor in the physics department.

  • PhD Physics | Stanford University 2010
  • BA Physics | Harvard University 2005
Work History
  • Princeton University, Professor of Physics
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