Ruby Lai

Hertz Fellow: Ruby Lai

Stanford University

Area of Study


Fellowship Years

2013 - 2018

Ruby Lai is a graduate student in the Department of Physics at Stanford University, where she is working with her advisor Benjamin Lev to implement an atom chip microscope, a novel probe that uses ultracold atoms as a scanning magnetometer and potentiometer. She is interested in using this tool to study high-temperature superconductors, topological insulators and other exotic quantum materials. She graduated from Harvard University in 2012, where she studied bent carbon nanotube quantum dots for quantum computation.

Her main research interest lies with understanding the physics of many-body systems. Also, she has wide-ranging scientific interests from her previous research experiences in stem cell biology, synthetic chemistry, and marine sciences. Lastly, She is passionate about mentoring and empowering young women in science, and is proud of her work directing Chinatown’s Big Siblings mentoring program while she attended Harvard for her undergraduate degree


2018 - Ultrathin Silicon and Metal-Assisted Chemical Etching for Photovoltaic and Electronic Devices