I am a theoretical physicist engaged in the study of living and active matter. Such systems exhibit various emergent dynamics necessary for system regulation, growth, and motility. However, how robust dynamics arises from stochastic components remains unclear. Towards understanding this, I develop topological theories that support robust edge states in novel and accessible platforms, from quantum to biological systems. Other interests include learning and optimal navigation, as well as information in fluids.
Last semester (Summer 2020), I lectured in the Active Matter course at the University of Göttingen. There are currently two students in my group. For ongoing projects, see my research group page on the left. Broadly speaking, my work provides insight into the emergence of robust function as well as a blueprint for the design of novel behavior in correlated and active systems.
Previously, I was an Africk Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on cognition and brain networks in the group of Dani Bassett. In 2015, I received my PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I worked with Xiao-Gang Wen on novel topological states in quantum electronic systems. I hold an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a BS from Yale University. I am a recipient of the Simons-Berkeley Research Fellowship, the Africk Family Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the Gates Cambridge scholarship.
Colloquium, Harvard Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications