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Axel Drees
Department of Physics and Astronomy

C104 Physics Building
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800
Phone: 631-632-8114

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Dr. Axel Drees received his Doctorate from Heidelberg University in 1989 for pioneering work on experiments seeking to create the quark gluon plasma; research that was carried out with the HELIOS collaboration at CERN. Afterwards Drees continued his research with the CERES experiment, initially as post doc and later as Assistant Professor at Heidelberg. With CERES he discovered the “dilepton enhancement”, which results from medium modifications of meson properties in hot and dense nuclear matter. To date the corresponding publication is the highest cited experimental heavy ion paper from the SPS era. Drees joined the faculty of the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Stony Brook in January 1998. Since then he is a member of the PHENIX collaboration and works with a group of graduate students and post docs. He and his team had a leading role in the analysis of early PHENIX data that discovered jet quenching. He was one of two primary authors of the corresponding paper, which is the most cite experimental paper in the field, excluding review articles. His team was a key partner in the discovery of heavy flavor quenching. By 2003 his attention shifted back to dilepton production and he has lead most of this effort in PHENIX. Drees contributed significant service to PHENIX, most prominently he served as Upgardes Managers from 2000 to 2008. Since Fall 2008, while maintaining a half time research presence, Drees served Stony Brook University as Associate Dean for Budget and Operations in the College of Arts & Sciences; as Acting Dean of the college (summer 2011); and as Vice Provost for Budget and Planning through 2012 to 2014.

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