Sabrina Pasterski

2015 Hertz Fellow
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Sabrina Pasterski is a research faculty member at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Sabrina is a proud first-generation Cuban-American & Chicago Public Schools alumna who, by 16, had built & flown her own airplane. She became the first MIT freshman named to the NASA January Operational Internship and earned the inaugural MIT Freshman Entrepreneurship Award. After a summer at Phantom-Works, excelling at MIT and being hired by CERN-CMS, she was named a Lindau Nobel Young Researcher. She graduated #1 at MIT-Physics, matriculated into Harvard’s PhD program and was awarded her SB while still a teenager. Sabrina was named to Scientific American’s 30 under 30 in 2012 as well as the 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 Science list.

“After internships at Blue Origin, NASA, and Boeing, I saw that the biggest limitations to what I could achieve had answers that could only be found with a thorough understanding of fundamental physics. The point of what we study is not to be ‘right’ per some absolute metric, but for our results to be useful.”
– Sabrina Pasterski

Graduate Studies

Harvard University
High Energy Physics
Implications of Superrotations


2017, Forbes “30 Under 30: All Star Alumni”, Forbes ; 2015, Forbes “30 Under 30: Science”, Forbes