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Berndt Mueller

Associate Laboratory Director for Nuclear & Particle Physics

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Mueller, an active scientist with more than 300 peer-reviewed publications with 9,000-plus citations, is James B. Duke Professor and Director of the Center for Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences at Duke University.

Mueller has a long collaborative association with Brookhaven Lab, and he recently co-authored a paper for the journal Science reviewing the scientific achievements of RHIC and outlining the complementary physics opportunities for the next decade of the LHC and RHIC experiments. He has also served on many physics review panels for both the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. Mueller currently serves as Chair-Elect of the Division of Nuclear Physics of the American Physical Society, and in this role he collaborated with Steve Vigdor on establishing a white paper writing group for the subfield of hot quantum chromodynamics matter—an area of research central to RHIC.

Mueller has held several leadership positions at Duke, including Chair of the Department of Physics, Principal Investigator for grants that expanded and supported research at the Duke Free Electron Laser Laboratory, and Divisional Dean of the Natural Sciences. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, and completed his postdoctoral studies at Yale University and the University of Washington.