Flip Tanedo

Flip Tanedo

Assistant 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 assistant 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
  • Model building
  • Particle astro/cosmo
  • Equity in science


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

Service: Open House Committee (chair) · Website Committee (chair) · Graduate Diversity Committee · Outreach Committee · Reviewer · Cientifico Latino Mentor · Phy Sci Book Club Moderator · POWUR faculty adviser · UCEAP Ad Hoc Summer Physics Review Committee · APS IDEA UCR lead · Snowmass TF1: CF Liaison ·


I am a theoretical physicist specializing in particle physics. My main focus has been the search for an fundamental theory of dark matter: what is it, how did it get here, and how can experiments tell us about its dynamics?

Two aspects of this program are

  1. Model building: creating quantum field theories that can predict the properties of dark matter. I am especially interested in weakly-coupled descriptions of strong dynamics such as holographic (AdS/CFT-inspired) or composite models.
  2. Phenomenology: showing how the properties of dark matter can be discovered, excluded, or deduced experimentally. I have been most curious about the ways in which hypothetical dark force particles (dark sectors) inform our exploration of the invisible universe.

The puzzles and tools in particle physics spill beyond historical disciplines. These include exciting overlaps with rapidly growing fields like multimessenger astronomy, 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

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)
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.
P288: First-Year Grad Talk


What Ever Happened to the WIMP of Tomorrow?
  • 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)
Attending to Diversity in the Classroom
  • UCR Summer Physics Teacher Academy Meeting, Feb 2019 (slides)


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
P40B, Spr 2020
General Physics
P230B, Win 2020
Quantum Field Theory
P165, Win 2020
Particle Physics
H018, Fall 2019
Poetry for Physicists
P231, Fall 2019
Math Methods
P262, Win 2019
Group Theory
P231, Fall 2018
Math Methods
P177, Spr 2018
Computational Physics
P165, Win 2018
Particle Physics
P231, Fall 2017
Math Methods
P177, Spr 2017
Computational Physics
P208, Win 2017
General Relativity
P231, Fall 2016
Math Methods
P3318, Spring 2013
Advanced Mechanics
P3327, Fall 2012
Advanced E&M
Pxx, Summer 2012
Basic Particles
P7561, Fall 2011
Quantum Field Theory
P121, Spring 2006
Electrodynamics II


Tanedo Group

I am one of the faculty in 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 2022. 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.

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

Past Students
2018 - 2019 
NMC Mentee,
2017 - 18 
2017 - 18 
UG, Chancellor's Research Fellow
2016 - 18 
UG, Honors thesis
2016 - 17 
MS, Masters Student


Press and Media

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