Christine Kraus grew up in Germany and studied at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, where she completed her Ph.D on “Final Analysis of the Mainz Neutrino Mass experiment” in 2004. She moved to Canada to work on the famous SNO experiment as a Postdoc at Queen’s University. The SNO collaboration was co-recipient of the 2016 Breakthrough prize. In 2010 she started a new position as Canada Research Chair at Laurentian University taking on the role of site activity coordinator on the multipurpose detector SNO+, which is located at SNOLAB – 2 km deep underground in VALE’s Creigton mine. Since 2021 she works directly at SNOLAB after the financial troubles at Laurentian University that led to the cut of all physics programs.
In 2011 she received the City of Sudbury’s 40 under 40 award. Looking for new exciting properties of neutrinos that might help us understand the make-up of the Universe and gain knowledge about neutrinos coming from the earth, the sun and nearby supernovas is the physics goal of SNO+. In addition, adding tellurium to the SNO+ scintillator will allow for a competitive search of neutrinoless double beta decay, which if discovered will enhance our knowledge of how the Universe came to be. SNOLAB has a broad physics and other science program, making important contributions to the field of neutrino and dark matter science while being a wonderful place to perform world-leading research.