Graduate Students

Roberto Abril Valenzuela

Graduate Student

I study the "soft" properties of "hard" materials such as graphene. More broadly, I study the mechanical properties of polymerized membranes at finite temperatures.

Francisco Acosta

Graduate Student

Trailer 939, Room 1004
I am working on the geometry of computation in artificial and biological neural systems.

Jeffrey Ahlers

Graduate Student Researcher

I work on the Low Temperature Scanning Probe Magnetometry (LTSPM) subgroup within Ania Jayich Lab

Isha Anantpurkar

Graduate Student

Trailer 939, Room 1004
Astrophysics

Yifei Bai

Graduate Student

Broida 2509
Quantum simulation with strontium BEC

Anders Barzdukas

Graduate Student Researcher

Broida 5122
I am involved with CMS' search for a Higgs boson decaying into a Z boson and a photon (H → Zγ) and the upgrades to the CSC optical data acquisition motherboards (ODMBs).

Joaquin Becerra Espinoza

Graduate Student

Broida 2209
I work in the area of theoretical cosmology. I am particularly interested in strong gravitational lensing as a probe for sub-galactic dark matter halos.

Shane Bechtel

Graduate Student

Broida 2015L
High Redshift IGM Tomography

Eve Bodnia

Graduate Student

Broida 4122
My research is focused on photon-phonon quantum interconnect via Brillouin-based optomechanics with the special task of identifying and investigating novel applications for superfluid optomechanics, inspired by superconducting quantum circuits

Rémi Boros

Graduate Researcher

I image reconstituted protein from blended cow brains to study the emergent properties of active many-body systems!

Samuel Brantly

Graduate Student

Liam Brennan

Graduate Student

Broida 5207

I do research on Dark Matter with LDMX, hardware for the CMS HGCAL upgrade, and search for exotic processes with CMS.

Sean Buechele

Graduate Student

PSB South 1702
Experimental AMO researcher working with trapped Ra and Sr ions for precision measurement, and quantum computing

Lingjie Chen

Graduate Student

Broida 4326

Simulating many-body physics with defect centers in diamond.

Yubi Chen

Graduate Student

Engineering II 2503
I am interested in using first-principles techniques to model quantum materials and find suitable qubit platforms.

Zhitao Chen

Graduate Student

Zirui Chen

Graduate Student

I am broadly interested in theoretical and computational astrophysics, with an emphasis on galaxy formation and evolution.

Nikolas Claussen

Graduate Student

Broida 6234
I work on the interface of biology and physics, studying morphogenesis - the process by which developing animals obtain their shapes.

Hawkins Clay

Graduate Student Researcher

Broida 2225
MKID development for astrophysical applications

Louisa Cornelis

Graduate Student

Investigating properties of electronic states in quantum materials.

Joe Crowley

Graduate Student

Joe has a passion for nature, science, music, and travel. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Physics at UC Santa Barbara, looking for research opportunities in interdisciplinary labs working on complex systems and computational approaches to nonlinear dynamical systems.

Pieter Derksen

Graduate Student Researcher

Trailer 939, Office 1008
Under the Streichan group, I use concepts from physics, computer science, and mathematics to study biological systems.

Viraj Dharod

Graduate Student

Peter Dotti

Graduate Student Researcher

Broida 3418
We use ultracold atoms to study dynamic and disordered quantum mechanical systems.

Keegan Downham

Graduate Student Researcher

Broida 5310
My primary research interests involve searches for Beyond the Standard Model (BSM) physics at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. This includes searches for new, heavy particles using data from the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) detector, as well as indirect searches for Dark Matter using the MilliQan detector.

Jeremy Estes

Graduate Student

Broida 2509
I work on the Potassium experiment in Professor David Weld's group, where we poke and prod degenerate quantum gases.

Joseph Farah

Graduate Student

Las Cumbres Observatory
Interests: Astrophysics, supernovae, radio astronomy, black holes, dark energy, very long baseline interferometry, theoretical cosmology, strong gravity, Bayesian modeling, magnetohydrodynamics

Jemma Fendley

Graduate Student

Broida 6122
Currently working with Boris Shraiman on statistical genetics.

Diego Gonzalez Hernandez

Graduate Student

Broida 2207
Machine learning applications in cosmology, the intergalactic medium, cosmic reionization, simulation based inference.

David Grabovsky

Graduate Student

Broida 6118
High-energy theoretical physics

Dani Guillén

Graduate Student

Paarth Gulati

Graduate Student

Broida 6212
I study coarse grained descriptions of biological and other non-equilibrium (active) systems using a hydrodynamic approach. In particular, I study emergent polar and nematic order in these active systems which is useful to describe various biological functions and phenomena as a physical response.

Jason Guo

Graduate Student

Broida 5310

Interested in di-Higgs decays and optical data acquisition motherboard (ODMB) development at CMS.

Jacob Hauser

Graduate Student

Trailer 939, Room 1011
Currently working with Matthew Fisher studying non-equilibrium phase transitions in random quantum circuits.

Ludwig Holleis

Graduate Student

Broida 1015
I am currently working with Prof. Young on van-der-Waals heterostructures. I am developing an integrated thermometry method and measure thermodynamic porperties of the quantum Hall effect in graphene.

Austin Hopkins

Graduate Student

Broida 6212
Physical models of biological tissues

Jiamu Huang

Graduate Student

Astrophysics, Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN).

George Hulsey

Graduate Student

Broida 6118
Numerical methods in quantum mechanics!

Dariush Imani

Graduate Student

5118 Broida

Searching for physics beyond the standard model with the milliQan experiment and Long Lived Particle searches.

Vishank Jain-Sharma

Graduate Student

Broida 4517
Physics of embryo development, particularly the attempts to explain reproducible growth from first principles.

Rimika Jaiswal

Graduate Student

I like thinking about problems at the intersection of condensed matter, quantum information, and biophysics.

Moonsuk Jang

Graduate Student

Molly Kaplan

Graduate Student

Broida 6118
Her research focuses on problems in quantum gravity; she is especially interested in questions related to the AdS/CFT correspondence and black hole information.

Ish Kaul

Graduate Student

MHD simulations of various multiphase processes occurring in the CGM.

Hiroki Kawai

Graduate Student

My research focuses mainly on studying gauge theories with mathematical tools originally motivated to solve condensed matter systems, suc

Crystal Kim

Graduate Student Researcher

Broida 2225
I am working on the data reduction and operation of the visible-spectrum MKID spectrograph.

Jeonghwa Kim

Grad Student

Broida 5316
I am working on the LZ dark matter experiment, which is designed to detect possible weak interactions of dark matter with liquid xenon.

Sunghoon Kim

Graduate Student

Yonna Kim

Graduate Student

Broida 6216

I am interested in condensed matter physics, quantum dynamics, and quantum information.

James Kwon

Graduate Student

2209
I leverage Asteroseismology to investigate the tidally induced instability in merging binary neutron stars.

Yu-Tse (Alan) Lee

Graduate Student

Effective field theory

Madeleine Bow Jun Leibovitch

Graduate Student

Broida 2509
Building a novel optical tweezer machine for the manipulation of individual, and degenerate quantum gases of potassium atoms.

Naixin Liang

Graduate Student

Astrophysical magnetohydrodynamics, cosmic rays, plasma physics

Xiaoyi Liu

Graduate Student

Broida 6014
Gravity and High Energy Theory

Jacob Lyons

Graduate Student

Interested in quantum gravity.

Ananth Malladi

Graduate Student

Broida 6224
Quantum Field Theory, Generalized Symmetries, Particle Physics, Quantum Matter, Quantum Information.

Robinson Mancilla

Graduate Student

Broida 6302

Black holes physics in the context of Gauge/Gravity duality.

Sean McBride

Graduate Student

Broida 6216
Quantum gravity, quantum information, and string theory

Majid Mohammed

Graduate Student

Taylor Morrison

Graduate Student

Broida 4215
Developing coherent, strongly interacting spin ensembles near solid-state interfaces for applications in quantum simulation and metrology

Adele Myers

Graduate Student

Harold Frank Hall
Adele uses differential geometry to develop new methods for analyzing biological shapes such as cell outlines and brain surfaces.

Nayan Myerson-Jain

Graduate Student

Broida 6304

I'm interested in a variety of topics in theoretical condensed matter physics such as quantum critical points, non-Fermi liquids, topolog

Mara Niesyt

Graduate Student

I am interested in soft matter experimental physics and in physics education. In particular, I seek to connect underserved students with tangible hands-on physics through conducting high-level experiments with a focus on communicating the physics behind these experiments to marginalized groups.

Eber Nolasco-Martinez

Graduate Student

Brunel Odegard

Graduate Student

Hyunseok Oh

Graduate Student

Broida 1219
Optomechanics and Spin-Phonon Coupling in Diamond Optomechanical Crystals (OMC)

Carl Padgett

Graduate Student

I study strain-mediated interactions between color center spins and mechanical resonators in diamond.

Jared Pagett

Graduate Student

Broida 2509
Jared works with David Weld, studying the dynamics of Bose-Einstein condensates of Strontium in optical lattices.

Skyler Palatnick

Graduate Student

I design and fabricate metasurfaces for direct imaging systems. I also search for variability in exoplanetary signals.

Mathilde Papillon

Graduate Student

I work on revealing the topological and geometric signatures of human movement using deep learning.

Taka Park

Graduate Student

Toshi Parmar

Graduate Student

Broida 6304
Studying Rheology of soft biological active matter, like Epithelial tissues.

Shreyas Parthasarathy

Graduate Student

Broida 4326
Engineering interactions and decoherence in "hybrid" quantum systems

Rushikesh Patil

Graduate Student

I am interested in understanding emergent phenomenon arising in systems with large number of interacting particles.

Zeyun Peng

Graduate Student Researcher

Broida 1302
Our current project is studying molecular ions co-trapped and cooled with sympathetic cooling and buffer gas cooling techniques.

Zixuan Peng

Graduate Student Researcher

Broida 2209
Zixuan is interested in the interface between theoretical and observational work in galaxy formation and evolution. His current research focuses on the dynamics of galactic winds and the chemical evolution of Extreme-Emission-Line Galaxies, which are local analogs of high-redshift galaxies during the Epoch of Reionization.

Brad Price

Graduate Student

Broida 1357
I do electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) on a broad spectrum of samples -- from light-activated proteins to correlated magnets -- and work on EPR instrument design and implementation when not running experiments.

Evgeny Redekop

Graduate Student

Broida 1322
SQUID-on-tip technique for probing local properties of quantum materials

Cian Reeves

Graduate Student

Broida 6234
Cian's research is focused on simulations of condensed matter systems. With a focus on applications of condensed matter systems to quantum information science

Isabel Ruffin

Graduate Student

Broida 4509
Advisor: Zvonimir Dogic

Jonathan Schiff

Graduate Student

2209
My research focuses on the inhomogeneous recombination and its implications for the Hubble tension.

Ryan Schmitz

Graduate Student

Kathlynn Simotas

Graduate Student

Computational Astrophysics/Cosmology, Digital Signal Processing for Astrophysics and Audio/Music applications, Acoustics

Divyoj Singh

Graduate Student

Broida 6228

I am generally interested in the area of Biological Physics. I am currently working with Prof. Cristina Marchetti and Prof.

Benjamin Snyder

Graduate Student

Cosmology, Circumgalactic Medium

Jeremy Tanlimco

Graduate Student Researcher

Broida 2513
My team manipulates ultracold lithium to perform quantum simulation of condensed matter phenomena.

Makayla Trask

Graduate Student Researcher

Working on the LZ Dark Matter Experiment with PI Hugh Lippincott.

Connor Vancil

Graduate Student

Broida 2233
Characterizing exoplanet atmospheres with spectroscopic variability measurements.

Zihang Wang

Graduate Student

Trailer 939, Room 1011
Soft Matter Theory

Molly Wolfson

Graduate Student

Broida 2207
Observational cosmology via high-redshift quasars

Sunny Wong

Graduate Student

Chih-Hung Wu

Ph.D Candidate

Broida 6218
High Energy and Gravity Theory

Richen Xiong

Graduate Student

Richen utilizes optical spectroscopies to study the strong correlated phenomena in TMD moiré superlattice. Examples including bosonic Mott insulator, valley pseudo-spin order, etc.

Stephen Yan

Graduate Student

Broida 6114
Stephen is interested in understanding the nature of phases which may be stabilized or destabilized in dynamical quantum systems.

Erin Yandel

Graduate Student Researcher

Neutrino physics research on MicroBooNE, SBND, and DUNE.

Jiaoyue Yuan

Graduate Student

ESB 2229
New energy materials.

Nikki Zivkov

Graduate Student

Broida 2225

Processing data from Microwave Kinetic Inductance Detectors to identify exoplanets.