I am a theoretical nuclear physicist and astrophysicist who combines ideas and techniques from quantum theory, general relativity, high performance computing (HPC), and artificial intelligence (AI) to address outstanding problems in fundamental physics, and astrophysics. My current research efforts focus on maximizing the scientific return of gravitational wave (GW) astrophysics through novel theoretical ideas, and cutting edge computational and data analysis approaches. Specifically, the goal of my research is to extract reliable constraints on the equation of state (EOS) of dense nuclear matter from observations of gravitational waves, and use gravitational wave astrophysics as a framework for understanding extreme phases of matter and fundamental interactions. In my research I apply a combination of analytical, computational, and machine learning techniques to study how properties of nuclei and astrophysical objects, such as neutron stars, arise from the fundamental interactions of their constituents.
I joined the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Research Computing group at Harvard University in 2011 where I am currently a Research Scientist. From 2008 to 2011 I was a joint SciDAC Fellow at San Diego State University and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) with the Universal Nuclear Energy Density Functional (UNEDF) project, and from 2006 to 2008 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
I received a PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics from University of Idaho in 2006, with a dissertation focused on effective interactions in neutron-rich matter and neutron stars. I also received a MS in Space Plasma Physics from University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2003, and a BS/MS in Laser Physics from Sofia University in 1997.
I am a proposal reviewer and a panel review member for the National Science Foundation (NSF), and a member of the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). Since 2007 I have been an affiliate of the Institute for Nuclear Theory (INT). Since 2020 I have also been affiliated with the NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions (IAIFI).
Since 2020 I have also been serving as a Guest Editor for the Galaxies journal.