I am currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Penn soft matter theory group where I am supervised by Randy Kamien. Together we are looking at kirigami-inspired design of materials and at disordered materials in which geometry and topology conspire to determine mechanical and dynamical properties of systems. I also work with Andrea Liu and Sid Nagel on problems related to disordered systems with free surfaces.

Previously I was at the University of Illinois, where the bulk of my time was spent studying entangled polymer dynamics in Ken Schweizer’s research group. With the occasional detour through mode-coupling theories of colloidal glasses, our main focus was a rigorous treatment of polymer topological constraints — the idea that long polymers cannot cross through each other and thus become “entangled” — within a microscopic framework. Linking ideas about non-Gaussian fluctuations from the world of glass physics with concepts in polymer physics turned out to be a fruitful avenue of research.

I graduated from Williams College in 2007 with a B.A. in physics and mathematics. My undergraduate thesis — in quantum information theory and supervised by Williams Wootters — involved constructing rotationally symmetric, entropy-minimizing states for quantum systems with discrete degrees of freedom.