I attended Harvard University (Eliot House!), where I majored in Physics and Astronomy, getting my A.B. in June 2006.
After graduating but before coming to California to do my Ph.D. at Caltech, I spent a year working at the MATCH School (a charter school in Boston) as part of the MATCH Corps program, where I tutored students and helped teach an AP Calculus class. This experience attuned me to the issues of urban education in America, an issue about which I remain passionate. I also was one of the teachers/coaches in the first year of the MIT Science of Baseball program (right), a summer program for middle school boys from the Boston area.
Vera, our family's cosmologist-in-residence, who is currently a Junior Member at the Institute for Advanced Study, as well as mom extraordinaire to our son Andrej.
Also, as I am both a Christian and a scientist, I have done a lot of thinking about the relationship between science and religion, and am very interested in the dialogue, especially since I believe that the most vocal participants on the subject are often people who aren't very familiar with what they criticize.