My path

Kaito Garrett Masui.

I received my undergrad in Engineering Physics from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. My undergraduate thesis was supervised by Arthur McDonald and was on sources of radioactively pure argon for dark matter direct detection experiments, such as DEAP. I received my PhD with Ue-Li Pen at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (CITA) and the University of Toronto Department of Physics. I then joined the experimental cosmology group at the University of British Columbia as a Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Global Scholar and subsequently a CITA National Fellow. I am currently an Assistant Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.

About me

Kana Jocelyn Masui.

I grew up on the shores of Porter's Lake, which is on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia, near Halifax. In high school I spent most of my time working as a lifeguard and teaching kids how to swim. In the summers I was a lifeguard at Lawrencetown Beach, and playing in those unforgiving waves is still one of my favorite things.

I left the beauty of Nova Scotia to go to Queen's where I met my wife Maggie who is a mechanical engineer. We subsequently drifted westward to Toronto then Vancouver. Our son Kaito was born in 2012 and daughter Kana in 2014.

In the summer of 2018 we moved back east and south of the border to Arlington in the Boston area to start at MIT.


Kiyo and Maggie engagement. When I'm not thinking about about cosmology, I enjoy sailing, hiking, camping, swimming, cycling and most other outdoor sports. I also very much like to cook (and eat).

Photo credit: Spencer Fu