Image: Alannah Hallas, Investigator, Blusson QMI

Dr. Alannah Hallas is an Assistant Professor of Physics at UBC and a Principal Investigator at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute (Blusson QMI). Her group specializes in the design and discovery of new quantum materials and studies their quantum properties using x-rays, neutrons, and muons.

Alannah completed her BSc in Chemistry at the University of Winnipeg and her PhD in Physics at McMaster University. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Rice University before starting her faculty position at UBC in 2019.

Having worked in both physics and chemistry departments, Alannah is passionate about taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of quantum materials. Her work, which is anchored in crystal growth, spans a wide range of topics from high entropy materials to frustrated magnetism to high mobility semimetals, with the ultimate goal of uncovering structure-function relationships in quantum materials.

Alannah is a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar in Quantum Materials and a Sloan Research Fellow. She is the recipient of UBC’s Killam Teaching Prize.

When she’s not growing crystals or at the beam line, Alannah loves cooking, playing bridge, and learning to sail in the waters around beautiful British Columbia.


Find out more about Alannah’s research here.