Flip Tanedo

Flip Tanedo

Associate Professor

UCR Particle Theory

Flip Tanedo spends his time thinking about dark matter.

He grew up in Los Angeles and fell in love with physics after reading The Physics of Star Trek. This carried into degrees in mathematics and physics at Stanford, Cambridge, Durham, and a Ph.D at Cornell. After a postdoc at UC Irvine, he is faculty at UC Riverside where he is known for being covered in chalk dust after a long day’s work.

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Flip is the first Filipino-American professor of particle physics. He runs a Physical Science book club (Phy-Sci) at his local independent book store. He enjoys swimming, basketball, and speculative fiction.

Curriculum Vitae

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Flip Tanedo is an associate professor of theoretical physics at the University of California, Riverside. His research seeks to discover how dark matter fits into our fundamental understanding of nature.


  • Dark matter
  • Quantum field theory
  • Statistical learning
  • Equity in science


    PhD , Cornell (2013)
    MSc , Durham IPPP (2008)
    MASt , Cambridge (2007)
    BS , Stanford (2008)

Service: Website Committee (chair) · Open House Committee (chair) · Climate Committee · Phy Sci Book Club Moderator · POWUR faculty adviser · APS IDEA UCR lead · Snowmass TF/CF Liaison ·


I am a theoretical particle physicist. My main focus has been the search for an fundamental theory of dark matter. I specialize in quantum field theories with holographic hidden sectors. These models of dark sectors inform our experimental program to discover new physics. The puzzles and tools in particle physics spill beyond historical disciplines: I am excited about the overlaps with particle cosmology, machine learning, and information.

Find more about my current work on Inspire

Recent Talks

Research Talks

Warped Dark Sectors
$e^+ e^-$ production of dark sectors
  • AWLC 2020 talk, Oct 2020 (slides)
Neutron Star Capture of Dark Matter
  • Brookhaven National Lab HEP Seminar, June 2021 (slides)
  • Talk
Vector Self-Interacting Dark Matter
  • Mitchell Institute/Texas A&M, May 2019 (slides)
  • Mitchell Conference, May 2019 (short, slides)

Talks for Students

Communicating Science Effectively (UCR Science To Policy 2022)
Physics 39 talks (1st year physics majors at UCR)
  • 2017: I Have No Idea (slides)
  • 2018: How to 😱-up your academic career (slides)
  • 2019: How to fail as a physics major (slides)
  • 2020: The secret syllabus (slides)
Physics 288: First-Year Grad Talk
Figuring It Out/The ñ In My Name Reflections on non-physics challenges in a physics career; a case study on aspects of equity in physics. Geared toward undergraduates.


Snowmass: Theory and the Cosmic Frontier
Some ideas about dark matter & what they're good for
What Ever Happened to the WIMP of Tomorrow?
  • Loyola University Physics Seminar (slides), Oct 2022
  • Cornell Physics Colloquium, Oct 2020 (slides)
  • UCR Physics Colloquium, Oct 2019
  • Aspen Center for Physics Colloquium, June 2019
  • ASU Colloquium (student selected speaker), Apr 2019
  • NIP Diliman (Philippines) Colloquium, May 2019

Public Talks

#PhysicsMeetup: Little Particles in a Big Universe
The Invisible Universe and You
  • UCR Hellman Fellows Symposium, March 2021 (slides)

Equity Talks

Equity as an Early Career Academic
Popular Book Discussions: a platform for equity in physics
P17, Spr 2023
Math Methods
P231, Fall 2022
Math Methods
P17, Spr 2022
Math Methods
P165, Spr 2022
Particle Physics
H018, Fall 2021
Poetry for Physicists
P231, Fall 2021
Math Methods
P40B, Win 2021
General Physics
P231, Fall 2020
Math Methods
Earlier Courses
General Physics  P40B, Spr 2020
Quantum Field Theory  P230B, Win 2020
Particle Physics  P165, Win 2020
Poetry for Physicists  H018, Fall 2019
Math Methods  P231, Fall 2019
Group Theory  P262, Win 2019
Math Methods  P231, Fall 2018
Computational Physics  P177, Spr 2018
Particle Physics  P165, Win 2018
Math Methods  P231, Fall 2017
Computational Physics  P177, Spr 2017
General Relativity  P208, Win 2017
Math Methods  P231, Fall 2016
Advanced Mechanics  P3318, Spring 2013
Advanced E&M  P3327, Fall 2012
Basic Particles  Pxx, Summer 2012
Quantum Field Theory  P7561, Fall 2011
Electrodynamics II  P121, Spring 2006


Tanedo Group

I am part of the UCR particle theory group. I also work with some of the theory faculty in the UCR astro group.

I am not currently taking new Ph.D students until at least Fall 2023. Prospective UCR students should reach out to discuss expectations of studentship before accepting any offer.

UCR undergraduates seeking mentoring in particle physics (e.g. through NMC or CL) may contact me. I welcome invitations for potential postdocs eligible for the UC PPFP fellowship, NSF MPS ASCEND fellowship, or a UC-MEXUS fellowship.

* - co-advised, ◊ - postdoc, † - undergraduate, ‡ - high-school, § - visiting

Past Students
2017 - 2022 
2017 - 2020 
2021 - 2022 
2020 - 2021 
Undergrad (Stanford),
2020 - 2021 
2018 - 19 
NMC Mentee,
2017 - 18 
2017 - 18 
UG, Chancellor's Research Fellow
2016 - 18 
UG, Honors thesis
2016 - 17 
MS, Masters Student


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