Current Positions

Past Positions

  • 2011-2015: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Scholar
  • 2011-2014: Rice University, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Ph.D.in Plasma Astrophysics
    • The 2014-2015 William F. Marlar Scholar, Highest Award in Space Science  
  • 2009-2011: Rice University, Department of Physics & Astronomy, M.Sc. in Plasma Astrophysics
  • 2003-2008: University of California, Los Angeles, B.S. in Physics


  • 2016: “Voice of the Future,” Parliament of the United Kingdom
    • 1 of 4 Scientists Representing the Royal Society
  • 2016: 1st Place, Poster Presentation, NIF & JLF User Group Meeting, LLNL
  • 2016: Election to Governing Body, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
  • 2015: Principal Investigator, Gemini Laser, Central Laser Facility, UK
    • Competitively-Awarded Fully-Funded 5 Week Experiment in 2016
  • 2015: Principal Investigator, Amazon AWS Research Grant
  • 2015: 1.22 Million Core-Hour Allocation via Prof. Peter Norreys’s grant in the Plasma High-End Computing Consortium, ARCHER Supercomputer
  • Y Combinator Fellowship Finalist
    • Top 1% of ~6,500 Applicants
  • 2015: Royal Society Government Pairing
  • 2015: The 2014-2015 William F. Marlar Scholar, Rice University
    • Dissertation Awarded the Highest Prize in Space Science
  • 2015: Newton International Fellowship, Royal Society
    • 1st U. S. Physicist to Win
  • 2015: Junior Research Fellowship, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
  • 2015: Visiting Scholarship, Stanford University
  • 2015: Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Oxford (Declined)
  • 2014: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Stanford University (Declined)
  • 2013: Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Texas, Austin (Declined)
  • Summ. 2012: Departmental Scholarship, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA
  • 2011: Lawrence Scholarship, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    • Awarded Full Funding of Ph.D. Research
  • 2011: Physics of Plasmas “Top 20 Most Read Articles” Publication
  • 2010: 1st Prize, Physics Section, LLNL Student Poster Symposium

Inventions & Simulation Tools

  • 2015: “Characterisation of Dynamical Physical Systems.” Method for understanding energy flow through complex physical systems of particles. Patent pending, UK Application No. 1509636.5. Sole inventor.
  • 2015: “PRIME.” 3-D realistic high-intensity laser-driven proton radiography simulation tool. Matthew C. Levy et al., Rev. Sci. Instr., 86, 033302.



  • Undergraduate Students, University of Oxford
    • Summ. 2015: Jaydip Jani (St. Edmund Hall)
    • Summ. 2015: Benjamin Spiers (Lady Margaret Hall)
  • Masters Students, University of Oxford
    • 2015-2016: Jasper James (St. Hildas), Physics (MPhys)
    • 2015-2016: Brett Larder (St. Hildas), Physics (MPhys)
    • 2015-2016: William Patterson (Exeter), Physics (MPhys)
    • 2015-2016: Nicholas Chen (St. Edmund Hall). Mathematical & Theoretical Physics  (MMathPhys)
  • DPhil (Ph.D.) Students, University of Oxford
    • 2015-2016: Naren Ratan (New)
Advised students’ work on a day-to-day basis. Prof. P. A. Norreys is their supervisor.


  • Referee for Nature Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group), Physics of Plasmas (Institute of Physics), High Energy Density Physics (Elsevier), Entropy (MDPI Publishing), Plasma Science and Technology (Institute of Plasma Physics).
  • Jun. 2015: Invited Speaker, US Department of Energy, “Frontiers of Plasma Science Workshop,” Washington, DC.
  • May 2015: Chair, Organizing Committee, “Inertial Confinement Fusion Ignition Sessions”, two-day workshop.
  • 2014-: Executive Committee Member, Jupiter Laser Facility User Group, LLNL.
  • 2010-2011: Vice President, Physics & Astronomy Graduate Student Association, Rice University.

Selected Invited Talks

  • Apr. 2016: Oxford Centre for High Energy Density Science Annual Meeting, University of Oxford, UK
  • Feb. 2016: Physics & Astronomy Colloquium, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Dec. 2015: Central Laser Facility Meeting of the High Power Laser Science Community, Abingdon, UK
  • Aug. 2015: International Workshop on the Interrelationship between Plasma Experiments in the Laboratory and in Space (IPELS), Scotland, UK
  • Jun. 2015: US Department of Energy, Frontiers of Plasma Science Workshop, Washington DC
  • Jun. 2015: Anomalous Absorption Conference, Los Angeles, California
  • Jun. 2015 Physical & Life Sciences Seminar, LLNL, Livermore, California
  • May 2015: Inertial Confinement Fusion Ignition Sessions, University of Oxford, UK
  • Mar. 2015: Oxford Centre for High Energy Density Science Annual Meeting, University of Oxford, UK
  • Nov. 2013: High Energy Density Science Association (HEDSA) Symposium, APS Division ofPlasma Physics, Denver, Colorado
  • Sept. 2013: International Conference on Inertial Fusion Science and Applications (IFSA), Nara,Japan
  • Aug. 2013: Fusion VIP Seminar, University of Texas at Austin, Texas
  • Jun. 2013: International Conference on High Energy Density Physics (ICHED), Saint-Malo,France

Page last updated July 2016.