A Brief Bio

(With my friends Renzo, Hannah, and Paul. In 2013, Renzo, Hannah, and I wrote this paper, which ended up being the base of my thesis.)

    Welcome to my homepage. I am presently a CLE Moore Instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After growing up in South India and South Africa, I came to MIT by way of Harvey Mudd College and Yale University where I got my B.S. and Ph.D. respectively. I worked with Dagan Karp as an undergraduate and my doctoral dissertation was advised by Sam Payne. I also received a substantial helping hand from Dan Abramovich along the way, who hosted me as a visiting student at Brown University, and taught me much of the mathematics that became central to my thesis. 

    My research is centered around algebraic geometry, combinatorics, non-archimedean analytic geometry, and Gromov-Witten theory. The latter two have a delicate and beautiful interaction whose exploration has been driven by questions in mathematical string theory. The discrete structures that arise from this interaction are part of tropical geometry, a striking collection of modern degeneration techniques that often reduce rich algebro-geometric problems into (sometimes impossible) combinatorics. 

    I am also working to create opportunities for high school and undergraduate students across a diverse range of backgrounds to participate in mathematics. I particularly enjoy working with young students on mathematical research projects. Fortunately, MIT offers a range of possibilities for high school and undergraduate students to dive into mathematical research. Take a look at the PRIMES and UROP programs. While at Yale, I put a great deal of time into helping the SUMRY program and was part of the team that founded the program. I served as a research mentor in the summers of 2013,2014, and 2016. In 2017 I will return to Yale to be a coordinator of the SUMRY program.