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I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Physics at Harvard University, in Prof. Matteo Mitrano’s research group, developing THz and X-ray scattering tools to probe and manipulate high-Tc superconductors using light.

I obtained my PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State University in 2021, advised by Prof. Venkatraman Gopalan, studying layered magnetic materials and multiferroics using optical spectroscopy and density functional theory. Prior to this, I was an undergraduate at the Indian Institute of Technology (Madras).

Apart from numerous publications as a lead author and co-author (see Publications), I have presented my work through invited and contributed talks at international scientific conferences, including the APS March Meeting, Gordon Research Conferences, MRS Fall Meeting, and SPIE Optics + Photonics.

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.