Alessandra Lanzara

Office: 321 Birge
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Lanzara Research Group

Job title: 
Professor, Charles Kittel Chair in Physics

Alessandra Lanzara received her PhD in physics from Universita’ di Roma La Sapienza, Italy in 1999. She was a postdoc at Stanford University for three years since 1999. In 2002 she joined the physics Department faculty at UC Berkeley as Assistant Professor and since 2011 she is a Full Professor. She is also a Senior Faculty Scientist at the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2002.

She is recipient of many prizes among which was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2008 and elected to the American Academy of Art and Science in 2022.

Other affiliation of Prof. Lanzara includes the Kavli Energy Nanoscience Institute, the department of Applied Sciences and Technology and the Materials Sciences Division at LBNL. She is also the founder and director of the Center for Sustainable Materials and Innovation at UC Berkeley. 

Research Interests

Prof. Lanzara interests are in exploring the science and technology of sustainable materials, quantum materials and novel biological processes.  Through development and application of advanced scientific tools, coherent optical laser drives and artificial intelligence, her laboratory is at the forefront of materials science and condensed matter research. She is also applying these new advanced tools to explore fundamental processes in biology such as protein assemblies and catalysis.

Current Projects

  • High temperature superconductivity
  • Low dimensional materials
  • Topology and Symmetry
  • Optically driven materials
  • Sustainable materials
  • Quantum biology