I am interested in how quantum physics informs biology at the nanoscale.
My future research program will build on my past successes in developing high-performance nanosensors that essentially work due to room-temperature quantum effects under noisy environments, and in modeling physical mechanisms employed by “living sensors”. I will invest my physics training to unveil, control and harness the advantages of evolutionarily-selected biological sensing occurring at the nanoscale.
You will soon find here my Research, Teaching and Diversity Statements. Comments and suggestions are welcome!
Postdoc, Bioengineering Dept., 2017-to date
Postdoc, Chemistry Dept., 2015-2017
University of California at Berkeley
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering Dept., 2014
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.Phil., Physics Dept., 2006
University of Cambridge, Trinity College
Diplôme d'Ingénieur, 2006
Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
Selected to the Rising Stars in Physics Workshop
Graduate Student Award for Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring
Selected to the Rising Stars in Nuclear Engineering Workshop
Faculty for the Future Fellowship
Program on Human Rights and Justice Fellowship
Fulbright Science and Technology Award
Fellowship Programme in Support of Priority Areas
External Research Studentship
Bourse d’Excellence Eiffel
Instructor for course 6.003 Signals and Systems, MIT
Instructor for Teaching and Learning Laboratory’s Teaching Certificate Program, MIT
The 20-hour curriculum covered topics such as course design and best practices in exam writing, lecturing, and building an inclusive classroom
Promoted to instructor after taking the Certificate
Organizer and lecturer for Independent Activities Period’s course Implementations of Quantum Computing, MIT
Teaching assistant for course 6.728 Applied Quantum and Statistical Physics, MIT
Reviewer for Nature Physics, Nature Communications, Physical Review Letters, Physical Review A
Elected postdoc representative at the Faculty Senate Committee for Research, Stanford
Mediator 40-hour trained by the Institute Resources for Easing Friction and Stress, MIT
Graduate student representative at the Institute Committee for Graduate Programs, MIT
Graduate Community Fellow for Programs for International Students, MIT
Elected member of the Board of Students (the Kès des Elèves), Ecole Polytechnique
In charge of counseling/advocating on academic issues on behalf of 1000 students, and their representative on the Academic Board of the school
First non-native speaker to take the post!
Miscellaneous frugal science-related activities
Organizer and participant in Foldscope demos at: Stanford University, the California Academy of Sciences, the San Quentin California state penitentiary and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair
Current co-developer of AweSEM – the electron microscope for everybody: a redesigned scanning electron microscope from a new context of low cost and modest performance
Miscellaneous science outreach events in the Boston area
Leader of a team of 6 that built a 6’-tall indoor tornado simulator. The tornado was first exhibited at the kick-off event of the Cambridge Science Festival (project sponsor), subsequently spending one Summer at the MIT museum, and making appearances at MIT outreach events such as the Center for Ultracold Atoms Kids’ Day
Co-developer of a macroscopic ion-trap for flower spores. The ion trap hit the outreach circuit in conjunction with the indoor tornado simulator
I firmly believe that scientists (and everybody else!) should be well-rounded individuals.
I have always been a bookworm and thrived in learning languages. I find it befitting that the German word for “vocabulary” is “Wortschatz” – which literally translates to “word treasure”. I enjoy writing and wordsmithing.
I have also dabbled in piano and chorale singing; and taken a liking to long-distance running, yoga-ing and meditating.
Finally, I have a serious interest in wine (Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 3 Award, Boston University’s Certificate in Wine Studies, French Wine Scholar). Cheers!