I am a theoretical cosmologist. My research is aimed at the most fundamental questions about the universe: what is the mechanism that set the big bang initial conditions? how can we better understand the cosmic evolution on large scales? what is the universe composed of? and how will it be changing in the future? I use the tools of both general relativity and quantum field theory to address these problems. More specifically, I have been studying different models of the very early universe with the aim of ultimately developing an improved cosmology that provides an explanation of observational data.
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Currently, I am the John A. Wheeler Postdoctoral Fellow at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (PCTS). Before coming to Princeton, I completed my doctoral dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (a.k.a. Albert Einstein Institute) in 2014. The last two years of my PhD studies, I have been supported by prize fellowships that enabled me to conduct research abroad; I was the Fritz Thyssen Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics during 2012-3 and spent the academic year 2013-4 at the Physics Department of Princeton University.
I wrote another, award-winning thesis at Munich University, studying philosophical implications of quantum physics. The Philosophy of Science remains an interest. Besides my research in Cosmology, I am actively participating in the dialogue with Philosophy and the Humanities in general.