Unraveling in vivo magnetosensing

Rising Stars in Physics Workshop, Physics Dept., MIT

Catodoluminescence-based nanothermometry with $\sim$ 30 mK precision

Inorganic Nanostructures Seminar, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Nanoscale biology with cathodoluminescence-activated imaging

Biophysics and Bioimaging Retreat, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Ph.D. thesis (group’s first graduate!): Qubit dynamics under alternating controls

Electrical Engineering Dept., MIT

Magnetic sensing with a single spin in diamond

Rising Stars in Nuclear Engineering Workshop, Nuclear Engineering Dept., MIT

M.Phil. thesis: Photonic devices for quantum information processing

Cavendish Laboratory, Physics Dept., University of Cambridge


Cathodoluminescence-based nanoscopic thermometry in a lanthanide-doped phosphor

Temperature information is encoded in the cathodoluminescence lifetimes of a nanophosphor. Sensitivities are down to $ \sim$ 30 mK and the spatial resolution is not diffraction-limited.
In submission, 2018

Optical dipole forces: Working together

Strength lies in numbers and in teamwork: tens of thousands of artificial atoms tightly packed in a nanodiamond act cooperatively, enhancing the optical trapping forces beyond the expected classical bulk polarizability contribution.
News and Views, Nature Physics 13 206, 2017

Algebraic synthesis of time-optimal unitaries in SU(2) with alternating controls

Using simple algebra, we developed theory on relevant control sequences allowing for constraints found in typical experimental setups. Such sequences time-optimally control a qubit when the radiation can only be selectively engineered (e.g., its phase can change but not its amplitude).
Quantum Information Processing 14 3233, 2015

Time-optimal control by a quantum actuator

Indirect control of qubits by a quantum actuator is an attractive strategy in many situations when the qubits couple weakly to external fields, but interact more strongly with another quantum system. For electronic and nuclear spins (qubits) centered around the NV center (actuator) in diamond, we analyzed when indirect control presents a time advantage over direct control methods.
Physical Review A 91 042340, 2015

Composite-pulse magnetometry with a solid-state quantum sensor

We demonstrated that a control sequence known as “rotary-echo” might dynamically mitigate noise that varies in time and in character while a magnetic field-sensing sequence is applied to an electronic spin qubit in diamond, in direct contrast with less flexible pulse sequences.
Nature Communications 4 1419, 2013

Continuous dynamical decoupling magnetometry

We introduced schemes for AC magnetometry based on continuous dynamical decoupling. Analyzing the response of AC magnetometry to fields of unknown frequencies, we found that such schemes are advantageous for spectroscopy.
Physical Review A 86 062320, 2012


Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Selected to the Rising Stars in Physics Workshop

  • Physics Dept., MIT

Graduate Student Award for Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring

  • School of Engineering, MIT

Selected to the Rising Stars in Nuclear Engineering Workshop

  • Nuclear Science and Engineering Dept., MIT

Faculty for the Future Fellowship

  • Schlumberger Foundation

Program on Human Rights and Justice Fellowship

  • Center for International Studies, MIT

Fulbright Science and Technology Award

  • Fulbright Commission

Fellowship Programme in Support of Priority Areas


External Research Studentship

  • Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Bourse d’Excellence Eiffel

  • Campus France, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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!