[first two letters of firstname][lastname] at csail.mit.edu


I study the theory of computation (complexity theory), and more particularly the interaction of randomness, algebra, and computation.

For Fall 2016 I am a postdoc at Stanford University working with Dan Boneh and Ryan Williams.

I received my PhD from MIT where I was co-advised by Scott Aaronson and Amir Shpilka. My PhD thesis developed deterministic algorithms to solve cases of the polynomial identity testing problem. After my PhD I was a postdoc at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Princeton University.


A full list of my papers can be found on my CV. Partial lists are available on the arXiv (), ECCC, DBLP (), or MathSciNet.


In Spring 2017 I will be a Research Fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing, and in Summer 2017 I will join the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor.

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