Ph.D. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (2008)
I study the first three minutes of the history of the Universe (we've zeroed things down to the first three seconds). My research program lies at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology, and string phenomenology.
In the last couple of years, I have been working on: (1) early Universe cosmology (phase transitions and gravitational waves, early matter dominated eras) (2) astroparticle physics (axion searches using neutron stars and their mergers, dark matter in extreme environments, primordial black holes) (3) the string landscape (statistical approaches to the string landscape (pioneered by Mike Douglas) aimed at answering the question: "why haven't we seen supersymmetry yet?")
I did my Ph.D. with Emanuel Diaconescu at Rutgers on mathematical aspects of string theory. My first postdoc position was in the string group of Katrin and Melanie Becker at Texas A&M. I switched to collider phenomenology, and then subsequently to cosmology and astroparticle physics. I like to apply all of the above in my current research.
I was on the local organizing committee of PPC 2020 (it got cancelled). I hosted it again in 2021. We also hosted CUWiP 2020.
Just for fun, PhD advisor sequence: unknown -> Nikolaus Poda von Neuhaus (1700s) -> Gabriel Gruber-> Georg von Vega -> Ignaz Lindner-> Andreas von Ettingshausen -> Francesco Rossetti -> Andrea Naccari -> Angelo Battelli -> Luigi Puccianti -> Enrico Fermi -> Geoffrey Chew->John Henry Schwarz->Michael R. Douglas->Emanuel Diaconescu->Kuver Sinha->...