• Professor
Research Areas
  • Dark Matter
  • The Standard Model & Search for New Particles
Dave Toback


Dr. David Toback is Professor of Physics and Astronomy and a member of the Mitchell Institute at Texas A&M University. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Thaman Professor for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. Prof. Toback received his B.S. in physics from M.I.T. in 1991, his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1997, and joined the faculty at Texas A&M in 2000. His area of specialization is Experimental Particle Physics and has focused on the search for new fundamental particles. This includes searches at the world's highest energy particle accelerators, with the CDF Experiment at the Fermilab Tevatron (outside Chicago, IL) and the CMS Experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC (in Geneva, Switzerland), as well as deep underground with the CDMS experiment (currently in Minnesota and moving to Sudbury, Ontario Canada) to search for Dark Matter. The search for new particles is motivated in part by the tantalizing possibility of understanding the mysteries of particle physics, the earliest moments in the Universe after the Big Bang, and the existence of the Dark Matter that pervades the Universe today with a single discovery. He most of his time on the CDMS experiment, and continues to hold the role of co-spokesperson for the CDF experiment. He is the author of the book "Big Bang, Black Holes, No Math"


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Awards & Honors

  • Fellow of the American Physical Society (American Physical Society, 2015)
  • Arthur J. and Wilhelmina D. Thaman Professor for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence (Texas A&M University, 2012)
  • Outstanding Science Communicator Award (2012)
  • Teacher-Scholar Award (2011)
  • Distinguished Teaching Award - University Level (2007)