I am a postdoctoral fellow in physics in the group of David Nelson at Harvard University. I specialize in the theory of soft materials physics and in applications of statistical physics to population genetics.
In soft matter, I'm especially interested in material order, such as crystalline and liquid crystalline, and defects in situations where geometry or topology frustrates the usual ground state, leading to complex new equilibrium configurations. I have studied theoretically and numerically how dislocation defects mediate the plastic deformation of "tubular crystals" (crystals wrapped into a cylindrical topology) in response to external forces. (See images below.) My recent and ongoing work in population genetics concerns "range expansions", in which biological populations expand into new spatial territory. I am exploring the effects of spatial inhomogeneities and obstacles on intra-species competition and evolution.
Previously, I was the George F. Carrier Fellow in Applied Mathematics at Harvard University, from August 2014 to August 2016.
I obtained my Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania in the group of Randall Kamien, where I studied defects in nematic, cholesteric, and smectic liquid crystals, with emphasis on these defects' potential in self-organizing/self-assembling materials. I earned a B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Mathematics at Brandeis University, where I first began to study soft materials in the groups of Zvonimir Dogic and Robert Meyer.