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I am currently a PhD candidate in the Materials Research Institute at Penn State University, advised by Prof. Venkatraman Gopalan. Prior to this, I was an undergraduate at the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras), where I obtained a Bachelor’s in Engineering Design, and did my thesis work in Physics. Apart from numerous publications as a lead author and co-author (see Publications), I have presented my work at international scientific conferences, including the APS March Meeting, Gordon Research Conferences, MRS Fall Meeting, and SPIE Optics + Photonics (see Research for video links). I have also been a professional referee for journals such as Nature Physics, Physical Review Letters, and NPJ Computational Materials.

    Outside of academics, much of my time is occupied by music. I am a violinist trained in the Indian classical music tradition, and have been featured in several public recitals both as a soloist and accompanist. Some of these can be found on my YouTube, SoundCloud, and Instagram pages.