I am a physicist interested in the mechanics of soft and biological materials and the geometric and topological mechanisms behind their dynamics. These broad interests span a range of scales, from topological phases of condensed matter to mechanical processes in living tissues, with the aim of finding unifying principles through the lens of topology and geometry.
I recently joined the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara as a postdoctoral fellow. My PhD work at the University of Chicago focused on fracture mechanics, the dynamics of mechanical metamaterials, and fluid turbulence. In my undergraduate years, I studied the evolution of dwarf galaxies and atomic spectroscopy.