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Ana Maria Rey
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Rey in 2014
Born 1976/1977 (age 46–47)
Bogotá, Colombia
Alma mater Universidad de los Andes, University of Maryland
Children 1
Awards MacArthur Fellowship, Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award, Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award, Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists
Scientific career
Institutions University of Colorado Boulder, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Thesis Ultracold bosonic atoms loaded in optical lattices (2004)
Doctoral advisor Charles Clark

Ana Maria Rey is a Colombian theoretical physicist, professor at University of Colorado at Boulder, a JILA fellow, a fellow at National Institute of Standards and Technology and a fellow of the American Physical Society. Rey was the first Hispanic woman to win the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in 2019. In 2023, she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. She is currently the chair of DAMOP, the American Physical Society's division in Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (AMO).


Rey earned a bachelor's degree in physics at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá in 1999 with a magna cum laude distinction. She got her Ph.D. in physics at University of Maryland in 2004. She was a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology from 2004 to 2005 in the group of Charles W. Clark. She went on to work as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP) at Harvard University from 2005 to 2008.

Research and career

After her postdoctoral position at ITAMP, she joined the University of Colorado Boulder Physics Department as an assistant research professor and JILA as an associate fellow in 2008. She was promoted to JILA Fellow in 2012 and shifted her position in the Department of Physics to adjoint professor in 2017.

Rey is a theoretical quantum physicist who studies new techniques for controlling quantum systems and their applications ranging from quantum simulations and quantum information to time and frequency standards. Her research is often directly applicable to state-of-the-art experiments, particularly to atomic clocks, quantum computing, and precision measurements. Her contribution to the understanding of out-of-equilibrium quantum phenomena have led to pioneer measurements of quantum information scrambling, and the synthesis of magnetic and topological quantum materials. Her publications have been cited more than 11,000 times as of 2020.

Awards and honours

  • 2013 MacArthur Fellowship
  • 2013 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
  • 2013 “Great Minds in STEM” Most Promising Scientist Award
  • 2014 Early Career National Hispanic Scientist of the Year
  • 2014 Maria Goeppert-Mayer Award of the American Physical Society.
  • 2014 Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • 2019 Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. Rey was the first Hispanic woman to win this award.
  • 2023 Elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 2023 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship from the Department of Defense

Personal life

On July 29, 2000, Rey got married. Two days later, she immigrated to the United States.

Selected publications

The most cited publications by Rey to the date are:

  • S Trotzky, P Cheinet, S Fölling, M Feld, U Schnorrberger, AM Rey. Time-resolved observation and control of superexchange interactions with ultracold atoms in optical lattices. (2008) Science 319 (5861), 295-299
  • AV Gorshkov, M Hermele, V Gurarie, C Xu, PS Julienne, J Ye, P Zoller. Two-orbital SU (N) magnetism with ultracold alkaline-earth atoms. (2010) Nature physics 6 (4), 289-295
  • B Yan, SA Moses, B Gadway, JP Covey, KRA Hazzard, AM Rey, DS Jin. Observation of dipolar spin-exchange interactions with lattice-confined polar molecules. (2013) Nature 501 (7468), 521-525
  • JG Bohnet, BC Sawyer, JW Britton, ML Wall, AM Rey, M Foss-Feig. Quantum spin dynamics and entanglement generation with hundreds of trapped ions. (2016) Science 352 (6291), 1297-1301
  • M Gärttner, JG Bohnet, A Safavi-Naini, ML Wall, JJ Bollinger, AM Rey. Measuring out-of-time-order correlations and multiple quantum spectra in a trapped-ion quantum magnet. (2017) Nature Physics 13 (8), 781-786
  • X Zhang, M Bishof, SL Bromley, CV Kraus, MS Safronova, P Zoller. Spectroscopic observation of SU (N)-symmetric interactions in Sr orbital magnetism. (2014) Science 345 (6203), 1467-1473

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