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I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hausdorff Center for Mathematics in Bonn, Germany working with Ngoc Mai Tran. Before coming to Bonn, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Rome "La Sapienza" working with Paul Wollan. In the Spring of 2014, I received my Ph.D. in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization from the School of Mathematics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. My PhD advisor was Matt Baker. During 2011-2012, I spent three semesters as a Visiting Student Researcher in the Mathematics Department at the University of California Berkeley. In the Summer of 2014, I was a Visiting Researcher at the National Institute for Mathematical Sciences in the Republic of Korea participating in the Thematic Program on Applied Algebraic Geometry. email: last name at di.uniroma1.it Here is my CV. Here is a blog post by Matt Baker about my work on Riemann-Roch theory for graph orientations. |

Research: I am interested in interactions between
combinatorics,
algebra, and geometry, particularly those arising in the contexts of graph theory,
tropical geometry, commutative algebra, and nonarchimedean
geometry. Nearly all of my research thus
far has been related, directly or
indirectly, to the current development of divisor theory for graphs and tropical curves via chip-firing, which is analogous to
the classical theory for algebraic curves. |

Some miscellaneous programs in which I've participated: Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Math in Moscow - Here are some photos of my class and me. Emory Tibet Science Initiative - Here's a photo of me with my monk students at Sarah College, Dharamsala after teaching them about Cantor's theory of infinity. |