A Brief Bio

With my collaborators Renzo, Hannah, and Paul.

Welcome to my homepage. I'm a mathematician at the University of Cambridge. After growing up in South India and South Africa, I completed my studies at 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 wrote my PhD under the direction of Sam Payne. Sam has since moved to Austin. I also received a substantial helping hand from Dan Abramovich at Brown University. I was a CLE Moore Instructor at MIT, where I worked with Davesh Maulik. I spent a term at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2017, where I learned only that homological mirror symmetry is very complicated.

My research is centered around the study of combinatorial structures in algebraic geometry, with a particular emphasis on concrete applications to the geometry of curves, moduli theory, and Gromov-Witten theory. One result I'm quite attached concerns the application to an old line of questioning in Brill-Noether theory, which you can check out here and here. A lot of my time more recently has been spent thinking about a "logarithmic" Gromov-Witten theory.

I've tried 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. I've been involved with Pavel Etingof's PRIMES program at MIT for high school students. I've taken undergraduate summer students at Yale, MIT, and Cambridge. A record of their work archived here.