Assistant Professor of Physics, Vanderbilt University


Research Topics

CMS Hadronic Calorimeter related:

  • Participated in hadronic calorimeter test beam in 2009 summer.
  • Anomalous noise in CMS hadronic calorimeter.

Physics research topics:

  • Measurement of the vector boson with associated jet production cross section as a function of jet multiplicity using the CMS detector at the LHC.
  • Search for third generation leptoquarks in the bb̅νν̅ channel using the CMS detector at the LHC.
  • Measurement of properties of the newly-discovered boson at around 125 GeV/c2 using a fully differential (12 dimensional) likelihood at detector level.
  • Probing properties of quark gluon plasma (QGP) using jet substructure in heavy ion collisions.
  • Bayesian analysis on published heavy ion results to learn fundamental parameters of the quark gluon plasma
  • Jet measurements with the archived e+e- ALEPH LEP data


High energy / heavy ion physics

  • Sep 2022 - Current: CMS Heavy Ion High pT physics analysis subgroup leader
  • Sep 2021 - Current: LHC HI Working Group co-convener
  • Sep 2019 - Aug 2021: CMS Heavy Ion physics analysis group convener
  • Feb 2018 - Aug 2019: CMS jet energy corrections and resolutions group convener
  • Oct 2017 - Current: CMS heavy ion high level trigger coordinator
  • Sep 2017 - Aug 2019, Sep 2021 - Current: CMS heavy ion jet reconstruction contact
  • Jan 2013 - Dec 2014: Leading the hadronic calorimeter noise group in CMS experiment at the LHC


  • Sep 2022 - Current: CMS Diversity Office Member


Seminars / workshop / school

  • Primary organizer of the JETSCAPE Summer School 2021 (Jul 19 - Jul 30) Link
  • Co-organizer of the HTE seminar (Heavy-ion Theory-Experiment Seminar) Link


High energy / heavy ion physics

  • Jan 2019 - Current: MIT heavy ion group
  • Feb 2019 - Current: JETSCAPE collaboration
  • Aug 2016 - Dec 2018: CERN research fellow
  • Summer 2009 - Dec 2015: Participate in CMS experiment with the high energy group at Caltech
  • Spring 2006 - Spring 2008: Participate in CMS experiment with the heavy ion group in MIT

Computer science

  • Summer 2005: Participated in research on physics-based rendering (light-tracing) in CSAIL (Computer science and artificial intelligen lab) in MIT.
  • Fall 1999 - Spring 2003: Research on applications of chaotic systems as pseudo random number generators and in encryption/decryption.

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