About Me

I was born in Mumbai, India and moved to the U.S. with my family when I was young.  I then spent several years in and around New York City – first in Kew Gardens but mostly in Long Island in a town named Hicksville.  I attended Hicksville High School and then Columbia University where I studied Physics and Math and played a little rugby.

After college I spent some time working at a startup company named Saralux Consulting before beginning my Ph.D.

In my free time I like museums, music shows, hiking, boxing (when I have the brain cells to spare), and plenty of other sports.  I have enjoyed volunteering in the past at the Butterfly Pavilion at the National Museum of Natural History and at animal shelters.  Sometimes I play music – but not necessarily well.