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.

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.

  • Hellman Fellow, 2020 - 2021
  • UCI Chancellor’s Advance Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014 - 2015
  • Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship, 2010 - 2012
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2006 - 2011
  • Marshall Scholarship, 2006 - 2008


  • 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 ·


P17, Spr 2021
Math Methods
P40B, Win 2021
General Physics
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


I am not currently taking Ph.D students. UCR undergraduates seeking mentoring in particle physics (e.g. through NMC or CL) may contact me to discuss the possibility. I work closely with the UCR particle theory group.

Prospective UCR students should know that I am unlikely to take any student in the near future unless I have discussed this possibility ahead of time.

* - 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


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  • Physics Building, Office 3054 on the third floor.
  • Office hours by appointment.