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. My collaborators and I have recently published papers in high-impact journals including Science and Nature Communications.
I am also interested in applying the tools of dynamical systems to better understand and predict turbulence, especially in the context of 2D flows. I am particularly interested in 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”. My previous such research has been published in Physical Review Letters and was selected for an APS Viewpoint. I am also interested in exploring the use of topological data analysis to characterize large, spatiotemporally complex data sets.
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.