# Graduate Students

## Polina Abratenko

Area of Study: High Energy Physics

## Itamar J. Allali

Area of Study: Cosmology

## Omar Alterkait

## Claire Archdeacon

Area of Study: Astrophysics

I received my undergraduate degree in physics at Wheaton College (MA), where I worked on creating a model simulating heat transfer in Europa's ice capped oceans. My current interests lie in high energy physics and cosmology.

## Saqib Bashar

Area of Study: High Energy Physics

## Ryan Black

Area of Study: Physics Education

## Yilin Chen

Area of Study: Cosmology

My research interest is cosmology. I did some research about cosmology and quantum cosmology with prof. Jin wang at Stony Brook, and I also spent 5 months working with Prof. Samuel L. Braunstein at York about black hole and entanglement entropy.

## Yiming Chen

Area of Study: Astronomy

## T.J. Colvin

Area of Study: Quantum Information and Quantum Computing

I received my master's degree in physics from Wake Forest University, where I conducted research in the area of computational biophysics. I am excited about the recent developments in quantum computing and look forward to applying novel algorithms to problems in physics.

## Maitri Dalal

## Michael Dolce

Area of Study: High Energy Physics

## Alec Drobac

Area of Study: High Energy Physics

## Theodora Efthymiadou

I received my undergraduate degree in physics at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where I briefly worked on Standard Model calculations. My current interests lie in the field of Particle Physics and I plan to pursue research in High Energy Physics. I am also interested in Medical Physics and its applications.

## George Fanaras

I am a first-year graduate student at Tufts. My research interests are in the field of cosmology and quantum gravity. In my undergraduate studies at AUTh I worked on the modification of gravity with torsion. Currently, I am involved in a project of 2D quantum gravity with Professor Vilenkin.

## Veritas Gassmann

Area of Study: Cosmology / High Energy Physics

## Olivia Gaunt

Area of Study: Astrophysics

I am a graduate student on the Astrophysics track, and am interested in observational techniques, large scale surveys, and big, bright, and/or distant objects in our universe. Beyond physics, I love to study foreign languages (especially Mandarin, Arabic, and Russian) and music. I am happy to speak with prospective students, so please reach out!

## Mathew Giso

Area of Study: Condensed Matter Physics

I'm a member of Tim Atherton's Soft Matter Theory group. We use computational models to simulate a wide variety of deformable materials and learn about their properties. My work so far has focused on packing particles on a spherical surface under a uniform force. Recently, I've begun work using a modified Potts model to simulate the formation Crystal Comets.

## Carter Mulford Gustin

Area of Study: High Energy Physics

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics from Syracuse University where I spent time researching gravitational waves and computational quantum mechanics. At Tufts, I hope to study quantum computation.

## Ben Hanson

Area of Study: Condensed Matter Physics

## Zev Imani

Area of Study: High Energy Physics

As an undergraduate at Drexel University, I worked with Fermilab on DUNE. Now my Ph.D. research will combine particle physics (neutrinos) and machine learning. I will be working with Prof. Wongjirad and the IAIFI collaboration.

## Anuja Jayasekara

Area of Study: Condensed Matter Physics

## Colette Kaya

Area of Study: High Energy Physics

I'm a graduate student, focusing on the Standard Model calculations in Particle Physics. Here at Tufts University, my advisor Professor Hugo Beauchemin and I work as members of the ATLAS collaboration at CERN to study boson decays. I've recently received my M.S. and am continuing with the Ph.D. program.

## Nada Khogeer

## William Kirby

Area of Study: Quantum Information

## Demao Kong

Area of Study: Astronomy

## Meg Kralj

Area of Study: Theoretical Particle - Cosmology

I received my undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I worked at the MIT Center for Theoretical Physics on string theory, SUGRA, and SUSY based inflationary models. My current research under Prof. Ken Olum is on cosmic strings, while I’m also doing work involving bubble nucleation under Prof. David Kaiser at MIT. In the future, I wish to learn more about cosmic strings, as well as topics such as black hole evaporation, holography, and dark matter.

## Michael Kreshchuk

I am currently working on applications of quantum computers to high energy physics. The goal is to use currently existing QCs to simulate elementary particle physics. In the past, I did research in QFT (2D SUSY sigma models) and QM (quasi-exactly solvable models, dualities and Picard-Fuchs equation). Please visit my personal webpage.

## Anirudh Kumar

Area of Study: Astrophysics

I am a new graduate student in the department of Physics and Astronomy. I did my undergraduate in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering with a focus on electromagnetic engineering, microwave and radiowave propagation, applied physics and mathematics. My current interests lie in particle astrophysics in topics like dark energy/ dark matter and Quantum Field theory. I am also interested in teaching.

## Udathari Kumarasinghe

I graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, where I worked on electrospinning of PVDF for piezoelectric applications. Currently, I am interested in both Condensed Matter Physics and Particle Physics.

## Max Kurzner

Area of Study: Astrophysics

## Valentina La Torre

Area of Study: Astronomy

## Tyler LaChance

## Jing Li

Area of Study: Physics

My current interests lie in the field of Biophysics. I also love sports.

## Yujie Liang

## Jamie Lin

Area of Study: Astronomy

I am a first year graduate student working with Professor Marchesini. I received my undergraduate degree in Astrophysics from University of California, Berkeley, where I worked in several fields including optics, cosmology, galaxy. My current research interests lie in galaxy formation and evolution. I am also interested in blackholes and cosmology.

## Jake Litterer

Area of Study: Cosmology

## Victor Loi

Area of Study: Astronomy

I am transitioning into astrophysics from taking undergraduate courses at numerous institutions. I'm interested in exploring the field of astronomy and what the field entails. I'm also highly interested in education and teaching.

## Katie Mason

Area of Study: High Energy Physics

## Oliver Maupin

Area of Study: Quantum Information

## Josh Mills

Area of Study: High Energy Physics

Joshua Mills is a graduate student studying in the field of High Energy Physics, specifically studying neutrinos as part of the MicroBooNe collaboration experiment. He is interested in applying Deep Learning and Computer Vision techniques toward bettering the MicroBooNe low energy excess analysis. He works with Professor Taritree Wongjirad.

## Kalina Nedkova

Area of Study: Astronomy

## Richard Pan

Area of Study: Astronomy

I am a first year graduate student currently working with Prof. Marchesini to study galaxy evolution. In the past I have worked on a wide range of projects from machine-learning classification of dusty stars, to observational mapping of the IGM lyman alpha forest tomography, and to building instruments such as a spectrophotometer for the Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope at JPL.

## Camila Pazos

## Feng Qian

## Ken Robbins

Area of Study: Quantum Information

## Luke Robbins

Area of Study: Astrophysics

I am a first-year graduate student at Tufts. I received undergraduate degrees in astronomy and origins science from Case Western Reserve University. While I was there, I worked with scaling relations for rotationally supported galaxies. My current research interests are dark matter halos in the context of galaxy formation/evolution and large scale structure/cosmology. When I have free time I like to collect records, play guitar, run and backpack.

## Neil Shah

Area of Study: Cosmology

## Tom Shneer

Area of Study: Condensed Matter Physics

## William Simon

Area of Study: Quantum Computing

I am a graduate student researching how to bridge theory and application of quantum algorithms on noisy intermediate-scale quantum devices. I completed my undergraduate studies also at Tufts in chemical physics with a minor in computer science. Additionally, I am passionate about leveraging quantum computing research to mitigate climate change and expanding access to STEM education.

## Coley Stillman

## Vladyslav Syrotenko

Area of Study: High Energy Physics

Ph.D. student in high energy physics, M.Sc. My thesis research is based on data from MINERvA neutrino experiment, Fermilab. I have strong interests and background in theoretical physics, mathematics, programming, STEM education.

## Emily Taylor

Area of Study: Physics / Cosmology

I am interested in theoretical cosmology and the geometric structure and nature of the universe as a whole. I received my Bachelor of Science in physics at East Stroudsburg University.

## Jack Thomas

Area of Study: Condensed Matter Physics

## Wata Tubthong

Area of Study: Astrophysics

I got my B.S. Degrees in Physics and Humanities from MIT in 2021. My prior research experience is in planetary sciences and computer modelling. I am now a first-year PhD student with research interests in galactic astrophysics.

## Elisabeth Turner

## Miguel Vasquez-Vega

Area of Study: Physics Education

As an astronomer from University of Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia, I'm incredibly passionate about physics, about teaching it and about how I can use astronomy to engage with the public about science in general. I dream of a world where science —specially physics and math— is no longer seen as "agh" or difficult, but on the contrary, beautiful and approachable.

## Tanya Walia

## Peter Wu

Area of Study: Cosmology

## Kumail Zaidi

Area of Study: Astronomy

My current research interests fall within the regime of Extragalactic Astrophysics. In the past, I have worked on massive stars and their evolution at University Observatory Munich, Germany. Later, I have worked in High Energy Astrophysics at Sabanci University, Turkey before joining Tufts.