People

Current Graduate Students

Polina AbratenkoPolina Abratenko
High Energy Physics
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Itamar AllaliItamar J. Allali
Cosmology
I am currently in my first year as a graduate student here at Tufts. I am originally from the Chicago area, and I got my undergraduate in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I plan to pursue research in Cosmology in the near future, with interest in areas including inflation, the dark sector, and quantum gravity, and I am also interested in some topics in particle physics and high energy theory.
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Claire ArchdeaconClaire Archdeacon
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 BasharSaqib Bashar
High Energy Physics
I'm with the High Energy group in the department, focusing on experimental neutrino physics; studying multi-nucleon scattering from neutrino-nucleus interactions.
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Ryan BlackRyan Black
Physics Education
Yilin ChenYilin Chen
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.
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Astronomy
TJ ColvinT.J. Colvin
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.
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Mike DolceMichael Dolce
High Energy Physics
I am a graduate student studying a particle named the neutrino. Although these particles are immensely abundant, little is known about them. I am working on GENIE, a neutrino interaction simulator, which uses data from worldwide neutrino experiments to improve the current predictive models in GENIE to better understand how neutrinos interact with matter.
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Alec DrobacAlec Drobac
High Energy Physics
Alec is a high-energy particle physicist and a collaborator of the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He participates in several channels of analysis for the collaboration, including efficiency studies for the muon trigger group and investigations of intrinsic charm interactions in proton collisions.
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Theodora EfthymiadouTheodora 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 FanarasGeorge 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 GassmannVeritas Gassmann
Cosmology / High Energy Physics
Olivia GauntOlivia Gaunt
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 GisoMathew Giso
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 GustinCarter Mulford Gustin
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 HansonBen Hanson
Condensed Matter Physics
Zev ImaniZev Imani
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 JayasekaraAnuja Jayasekara
Condensed Matter Physics
Colette KayaColette Kaya
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.
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Will KirbyWilliam Kirby
Quantum Information
I am a theoretical physicist, specializing in quantum information and quantum computation. My current topics of study are quantum contextuality (a framework for understanding and quantifying the distinction between classical and quantum systems) and quantum process tomography (methods for determining the nature of unknown quantum computational processes).
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Demao KongDemao Kong
Astronomy
I’m interested in astroparticle, the intersection of particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology. It always makes me feel excited how the largest structure in the universe tell us something about the smallest particle.
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Meg KraljMeg Kralj
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 KreshchukMichael 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 KumarAnirudh Kumar
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 KumarasingheUdathari 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 KurznerMax Kurzner
Astrophysics
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Astronomy
My current work consists of using artificial neural networks in order to derive galaxy parameters for large datasets. I am interested in galaxy formation and evolution, extragalactic astrophysics, and machine learning.
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Jing LiJing Li
Physics
My current interests lie in the field of Biophysics. I also love sports.
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Jamie LinJamie Lin
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 LittererJake Litterer
Cosmology
Gravity has rich implications for cosmology, but is the only fundamental interaction for which we don’t yet have a consistent quantum theory. At high energies, gravity could violate Lorentz symmetry, usually considered a cherished principle. My current research investigates locality as a principle for constructing theories consistent at high energies.
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Victor LoiVictor Loi
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 MasonKatie Mason
High Energy Physics
Katie is a graduate student working in high-energy physics. She works with Dr. Taritree Wonjirad on MicroBooNE, a liquid argon neutrino detector at Fermilab. Her research uses deep learning to analyze the data from the detector. The current goal is removing background from the data using a convolutional neural network.
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Oliver MaupinOliver Maupin
Quantum Information
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Josh MillsJosh Mills
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 NedkovaKalina Nedkova
Astronomy
I am working with Prof. Marchesini to study galaxy formation and evolution. I am interested in what galaxy morphology can tell us about the process that shape galaxies. Currently, I work on modeling galaxy light profiles to understand how different components affect the observed properties of galaxies as a whole.
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Richard PanRichard Pan
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.
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Ken RobbinsKen Robbins
Quantum Information
My name is Ken/Kenny. I'm from coastal New Hampshire and got into Tufts to study cosmology. I currently study cosmic strings but did my undergraduate research on exact solutions of gravitational radiation. Gravity is cool.
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Luke RobbinsLuke Robbins
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 ShahNeil Shah
Cosmology
Hello, my name is Neil Shah. I am a UMass Amherst alumni who is interested in cosmology and astronomy. My undergraduate research focused on soft matter, specifically the effect of friction on granular flow out of a quasi-2D container. My hobbies are playing the bass guitar and reading.
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Tom ShneerTom Shneer
Condensed Matter Physics
William SimonWilliam Simon
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.
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Vladyslav SyrotenkoVladyslav Syrotenko
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 TaylorEmily Taylor
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 ThomasJack Thomas
Condensed Matter Physics
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Wata TubthongWata Tubthong
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.
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Miguel Vasquez-VegaMiguel Vasquez-Vega
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.
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Peter WuPeter Wu
Cosmology
I have recently been working on quantum stress energy tensor fluctuations in flat spacetime. Current research into the probability distributions of these fluctuations suggest that large fluctuations have a small probability of occurring, so better understanding these distributions could help inform our theories, predictions, and observations at the quantum level.
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Kumail ZaidiKumail Zaidi
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.