Relativistic heavy ion physics; Theoretical nuclear physics; Finite temperature quantum field theory; Perturbative chromodynamics; Quark-gluon plasma tomography; Jet energy loss; Theoretical biophysics; Bacterial immune systems.
Magdalena Djordjevic got her Diploma in Physics in University of Belgrade, Serbia (2000). She obtained her PhD in Columbia University (USA) in theoretical nuclear and high energy physics (2005). For her PhD thesis work, she was awarded “2007 Dissertation Award in Nuclear Physics” by the American Physical Society, while at the end of her postdoc, she was offered prestigious “J. Robert Oppenheimer Fellowship” by Los Alamos National Lab. For her work as an Assistant professor in USA, she was awarded “Ralph E. Powe Jr. Faculty Enhancement Award” (during that time, her work was also highlighted in APS Physics). In 2010, she returned to Serbia, where she is now research professor at the Institute of Physics Belgrade (IPB) and a leader of Relativistic Heavy Ion Group. Upon return to Serbia, she received “FP7 Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant” by European Commission, “L’Oréal-UNESCO “For women in science” award” in Serbia, “SCOPES” grant by Swiss National Science Foundation, “IPB 2016 Annual Research Prize” and “Horizon2020 ERC Consolidator grant”. She is author or co-author on 56 peer reviewed papers, being the first, single or corresponding author on 41 of these papers. Her papers were cited more than 4000 times, with the average impact factor of 4.4.
Main research direction of Magdalena Djordjevic is theoretical nuclear physics, in particular quark-gluon plasma (QGP). QGP is a new form of matter, which existed immediately after the Big Bang, and is today created at extreme energy densities in CERN (LHC experiments) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (RHIC experiments). The main idea of her research is probing the QGP properties with high energy particles, where her theoretical predictions are directly compared with the large amount of existing and upcoming experimental data from landmark science experiments (RHIC and LHC). She is also interested in theoretical biophysics, in particular in quantitatively understanding function of bacterial immune systems (CRISPR/Cas and restriction-modification systems).