Erika Cataño

Erika Cataño Mur is a PhD student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University.  

Originally from Bogota, she obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Physics from the National University of Colombia. Apart from coursework and research in theoretical physics, she worked as a tutor in a special admission program aimed at Science majors from indigenous, African descent communities, and poor municipalities. She also served as assistant editor for the Colombian Journal of Physics, where she supervised the peer-review process, planned the magazine layout, and copy-edited articles in both English and Spanish.

In 2012, Erika arrived in the US to start her PhD at Iowa State University.  During her first two years, she took graduate-level courses and worked as a teaching assistant. Her current role is Research Assistant in the Experimental Neutrino group, under the supervision of Prof. Mayly Sanchez. Erika joined the NOvA collaboration in 2013, and has been based at Fermilab since 2014.  She has made significant contributions to the Electron Neutrino Appearance Analysis, which is one of the NOvA’s main research goals. She has prepared official figures used in NOvA’s public talks and publications and is a member of the Data Quality group.  In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious Brown Fellowship by the ISU Graduate College.  

Erika is also a member of the DUNE and ANNIE experiments and is a frequent participant in outreach activities at Fermilab.