I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Professor L. Mahadevan in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) at Harvard University. Prior to this, in May 2017, I received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Lehigh University, where I worked under the guidance of Professor Manoj K. Chaudhury.
My current research interests include topics ranging from soft materials, pattern formation, elastocapillarity to morphogenesis. The overarching theme of my research is to elucidate the extreme mechanics of soft materials by studying the interplay of material property, geometry, form, and emergent function of such soft materials. Soft solids are ubiquitous, starting from tissues such as brain and in other vital organs in living organisms, to a plethora of synthetic systems, such as thin adhesive films or soft nano-capsules that are abundant in engineering and biomedical applications. By elucidating how such soft materials sustain or fail via forming instabilities, I want to enable better design of composition/geometry of these materials for applications in diverse fields. I also want to harness the pattern forming instabilities in these solids for various functions. By leveraging the principles learnt from this research, I want to explore simple strategies for building complex forms and structures that are often naturally self-organized in living organisms.