I am a theoretical physicist, working in gravitation and cosmology. My research is aimed at the most fundamental questions about the universe: what is the mechanism that set the big bang initial conditions? what is the universe composed of? and how will it be changing in the future? I use the tools of general relativity and quantum field theory, a combination of established and original methods from non-linear perturbation theory and, more recently, numerical relativity. My work is also highly influenced by observations, so I make a point of interacting with numerous experimental groups.
Currently, I am a Research Associate in the Institute for Theory and Computation at Harvard University. My research is funded by the Simons Foundation: I am a Principal Investigator in the Origins of the Universe Initiative, co-leading the Bouncing Cosmologies program.
Before coming to Harvard, I held the inaugural John A. Wheeler Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science from 2014-7 and spent the first year of the Simons Program at the Columbia Center for Theoretical Physics during 2017-8.
Beginning in the Fall of 2019, I will be the Lise Meitner Research Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics and a (visiting) Simons Research Scholar at Princeton University.
I completed my doctoral dissertation at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in 2014. The last two years of my PhD studies, I was 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 PhD thesis at Munich University in 2010, 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.