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  • Associate Professor (Lecturer), Physics And Astronomy

Research Summary

Dr. De Grandi is an Associate Professor of Educational Practice in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Her scientific interests lie in the area of physics education research and teaching pedagogies. She is involved in several projects aimed at fostering a more inclusive and welcoming environment for students in STEM fields.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Physics/Condensed Matter Theory, BOSTON UNIVERSITY
  • Master of Science, Physics, University of MIlan (Italy)


Dr. De Grandi obtained a Bachelor and Master in Physics from University of Milan with a focus on theoretical physics, her thesis "Fermionic field theory for trees and forests on triangular lattice"  focused on applying quantum field theory to describe statistical ensembles on a graph.

At Boston University, she conducted her PhD work in condensed matter physics under the supervision of Professor A. Polkovnikov studying quantum cold gases, in particular quantum quanches and dynamics of bose gases.

In 2011 she joined Steve Girvin's group at Yale University as a postdoctoral research fellow, she studied system of superconducting qubits.  During this time she started coltivating an interest for education and teaching, which she had pursued full time since 2015 when she became a Helmsley Teaching Scholar at Yale University.

In 2018, Dr. De Grandi joined the Physics and Astronomy Department at University of Utah as Assistant Professor (Lecturer) of Educational Practice. She is also currently a Faculty Associate at the Center for Science and Mathematics Education and was a 2018-2020 HHMI Faculty Fellow.