Belkis joined the group in 2008 and since then she has worked on demonstrating the applicability of antineutrino detection for nuclear reactor monitoring. Her activities focus on the development of a High-Purity Germanium detector system for (anti)neutrino detection, targeting ultra-low electronic noise in large-mass Germanium detectors as well as very-low background levels from non-neutrino interactions. She is also involved in the development and deployment of other detector prototypes based on scintillation materials. She has experience in building shielding systems that include active vetoes, and in implementing Monte Carlo modeling, data acquisition and analysis tools. She obtained her PhD from Syracuse University in theoretical physics.