Profile

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Physics at UIUC in November 2016. My research is supervised by Professor Nigel Goldenfeld, and is performed in close collaboration with Professor Gene Robinson’s honeybee laboratory at UIUC.

Research Interests

Broadly speaking, I am interested in applying my analytical skills, acquired in the context of physics, to a wide range of interesting quantitative problems, particularly those that involve large datasets or exciting technologies.

In the past, I have been involved in several data-intensive projects in collaboration with the honeybee laboratory at UIUC. We have studied the relationship between the honeybee gut microbiome and social caste; honeybee foraging behaviour at the level of individual bees; and social interactions that regulate division of labour amongst bees within a hive. These projects have involved designing and implementing data-analysis methods suitable for studying the complex living system that is a honeybee colony, as well as creating simple models that capture particular aspects of such a system.

I am presently studying the reciprocal relationship between a bee’s social network and its behavioural phenotypes as modulated in its brain.