Jessie Shelton

Assistant Professor


Jessie Shelton

Primary Research Area

  • High Energy Physics
417 Loomis Laboratory


Professor Shelton received her PhD from MIT in 2006, after undergraduate work at Princeton. She held postdoctoral appointments at Rutgers, Yale, and Harvard before arriving at the University of Illinois in 2014, and has won awards from MIT and from the LHC Theory Initiative. Shelton works on a broad range of topics in particle physics beyond the Standard Model, with particular interests in dark matter, top quarks, and the Higgs boson.

Research Honors

  • DOE Early Career Award (2017)

Semesters Ranked Excellent Teacher by Students

Spring 2017PHYS 575
Fall 2015PHYS 212
Spring 2015PHYS 575

Related news

  • Research
  • Astrophysics/Cosmology
  • Astrophysics

One of the principal strategies to indirectly detect dark matter is to search for the photons produced when it annihilates. Such searches look for gamma rays or x rays in regions of the sky where dark matter is known to be abundant. Professors Jessie Shelton, Stuart Shapiro, and Brian Fields at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign have proposed to look inside dark matter spikes induced by the gravitational pull of supermassive black holes. Such measurements could test so called p-wave dark matter models.