About

Professional

I am an Assistant Professor (Research)  at University of Rochester, working closely with the Mixing Lab headed by Professor Doug Kelley. I study the glymphatic system – an important pathway for waste removal in the brain – using modeling, numerical simulations, and image processing techniques. Since waste accumulation is correlated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, understanding the factors that reduce waste clearance may illuminate new treatment and prevention strategies. Additionally, this pathway may offer an advantageous route for drug delivery in the brain. Our paper Flow of cerebrospinal fluid is driven by arterial pulsations and is reduced in hypertension was recently published in Nature Communications, highlighted by the UR Newscenter, and reported by the Rochester City Newspaper. This is a collaborative work with Professor Maiken Nedergaard, who discovered the glymphatic system in 2012.

I am also interested in applying the tools of dynamical systems to better understand and predict turbulence, especially in the context of 2D flows. Previously, I earned my Ph.D. in physics at Georgia Tech working in the Pattern Formation and Control Lab under Professor Mike Schatz. My doctoral research focused on developing and testing a new predictive framework for describing fluid turbulence using special, unstable solutions of the Navier-Stokes equation, often called “exact coherent structures”. Our work was published in Physical Review Letters, selected for an APS Viewpoint, and reported in the news. I am also interested in exploring the use of topological data analysis to characterize large, spatiotemporally complex data sets.

Personal

My wife Sarah, my son Arlo, and I live in Brighton, NY, a couple miles east of University of Rochester. We like to spend our free time volunteering at local events, exploring new recipes, and relying on our two cats and baby for entertainment in place of cable.