Research Associate, Ohio State University (2000-2002)
Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ (2002-2005)
Research Associate, University of Chicago (2005-2009)
Research Associate, University of Kentucky (2009-2010)
Assistant Professor, University at Albany (2010-present)
String theory, quantum field theory, supergravity.
My work focuses on studying various aspects of gravity and quantum field theory and on uncovering relations between them. Two of the most important open problems in theoretical physics are a construction of a consistent theory of quantum gravity and an analytic understanding of strong interaction. The problems associated with these subfields are unified in the framework of gauge/gravity duality, which states that quantum gravity on a certain background is equivalent to quantum field theory on the boundary of the space. My research focuses on exploring physical consequences of the gauge/gravity duality with particular emphasis on implications for dynamics of supersymmetric gauge theories and for quantum properties of black holes.
Former Ph.D. student Ben Placek and his adviser Prof. Kevin H. Knuth have published a new article describing a detailed characterization of the exoplanet Kepler-91b as well as an examination of the possibility of a Trojan companion.