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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
I mainly work on aspects of high energy theoretical physics.
Dramatic progress in string theory over the past few decades has produced a suite of powerful tools for addressing conceptual questions connected with quantum field theory and quantum gravity. As an added bonus, string theory also provides a framework for motivated stringy extensions of particle physics. Combining these threads is of central importance in determining the mathematical consistency of string theory, and its potential role as a theory of the real world.
Currently, my efforts are concentrated in three directions. The first concerns the study of formal and phenomenological aspects of string compactification, and in particular F-theory. The second concerns conceptual questions connected with the embedding of field theoretic UV cutoffs in string theory. The third concerns the study of six-dimensional superconformal field theories.