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About Me

I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at University of Pennsylvania in Professor Andrea Liu's group. I received my Ph.D. in physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research was done under the supervision of Professor Nigel Goldenfeld in collaboration with NASA Astrobiology Institute. My Ph.D. thesis is available for download here.

My research interests are in the intersection of applied mathematics, statistical mechanics, and biology. I use experimental, theoretical, and numerical techniques to investigate quantitative laws governing soft matter and biological systems at multiple scales from molecules to single cells to populations. More specifically, I have studied the population dynamics of asymmetrically dividing bacteria, laws governing growth and division of Caulobacter Crescentus, propagation of noise intrinsic and extrinsic to biochemical reaction networks inside cells, and biological timekeeping in the presence of stochasticity. In my Ph.D., I studied the origin of biological homochirality, pattern forming systems in biology and ecology, and dislocation dynamics in plastic deformation of crystalline material.