Ryan D. Martin (Principal Investigator)

Portrait of Ryan Martin


My research is focused on developing a better understanding of neutrinos and searching for the existence of particle dark matter. I have an extensive background in data analysis as well as detector development and characterization. I also develop machine learning tools for a variety of applications, ranging from analyzing data from underground experiments to modelling student learning in physics courses.

I am also a strong advocate for open access resources and technologies for education and lead several projects in that direction, including the development of a python module for undergraduate labs (QExpy), an open source application for in-class responses and quizzes (Qlicker) and I have authored several open access textbooks. 


  • Assistant Professor, Queen's University, 2015 - present
  • Assistant Professor, University of South Dakota, 2013-2015
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2009-2013 


  • PhD, Queen's University, 2009
  • M.Sc, Queen's University, 2006
  • BSc(H) (SSP Physics), Queen's University, 2003

Grants (as sole PI)

  • NSERC Discovery (2018-2023) - $225,000
  • NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement (2018-2021) - $120,000
  • CFI John R. Evans Leaders' Fund (2017-2022) - $625,000 (includes in-kind)
  • Queen's Open Access Work group (2018-2019) - $12,500 (with dept. matching)
  • Centre for Teaching and Learning Education Enhancement grant (2017-2018) - $12,000 (with dept. matching)


  • PHYS 104/106, Calculus-based introductory physics, Queen's University, 2017 - present
  • PHYS 250/ENPH 252, Management of Experimental data and statistics, Queen's University, 2016 - present
  • PHYS 841, Module on semi-conductor detectors for rare event searches, Queen's University, 2016, 2018
  • PHYS 451, Classical Mechanics, University of South Dakota, 2015
  • PHYS 751, Theoretical Mechanics, University of South Dakota, 2014
  • PHYS 492/592, Numerical Methods for Physics, University of South Dakota, 2014
  • PHYS 790, Graduate seminar, University of South Dakota, 2013 

Recent Publications

Technical and limited authorship papers:


Majorana Demonstrator






  • D. Akimov et al., Coherent Scattering Investigations at the Spallation Neutron Source: a Snowmass White Paper, Snowmass white paper proposing the COHERENT experiment, (PDF, 2.46 MB) (2013)