Principal Investigator

Gourab Ghoshal

Professor of Physics & Astronomy
Office: Bausch & Lomb Hall 464
Phone: (585) 276-7748
Email: gghoshal at

Gourab Ghoshal is Professor of Physics and Astronomy with joint appointments at the departments of Computer Science and Mathematics. Prior to joining Rochester, he was at Harvard University at the department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and a member of Harvard’s multidisciplinary Origins of Life initiative.

Hailing from New Delhi, India, Professor Ghoshal got his bachelor’s and master’s degree at the University of London, UK (BS and MSc in theoretical Physics, 2004). He did his doctoral-thesis work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (PhD in Physics, 2009) during which he attended the prestigious Complex Systems summer school at the Santa Fe Institute, NM and the Theoretical Physics school at Les Houches near Chamonix in France. Following his PhD, he was a postdoctoral scientist jointly at Northeastern University and Harvard Medical School as well as a visiting scientist at the Media Lab, MIT. Professor Ghoshal is trained as a Statistical Physicist and works in the field of Complex Systems. His research interests are in the theory and applications of Complex Networks as well as Non-equilibrium Statistical Physics, Computational Social Science, Econophysics, Dynamical Systems and the Origins of Life.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Damian Sowinski

Office: Bausch & Lomb Hall 466
Email: dsowinsk at

Damian Sowinski is a Postdoctoral Research Associate specializing in computational physics and information theory. Born in Wroclaw, Poland, he grew up in California where he earned his BA in physics at UC Berkeley. He spent a decade in the field of Education, teaching in New York City and developing College Test Prep programs throughout public schools in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. Photometric research of Brown Dwarfs at the Hayden Planetarium in the American Museum of Natural History during his spare time eventually led him to a PhD program at Dartmouth College. There he worked with Marcelo Gleiser, developing his computational skills simulating models relevant to Cosmology, Statistical Physics, Finite Temperature Field Theory, and Biophysics, while also attending the Astrobiology Graduate Conference on Catalina and the Post-Planck Cosmology School at Les Houches.

His current research has taken him to the boundary of Ecological Physics and Information Theory, where he is interested in Information Flows within Biomes, the resulting Semantic Content generated for subsystems of Active Matter, and how the Informational Narrative can shed light on Biogenesis and the Emergence of Agency.



Graduate students

Sean Kelty

Office: Bausch & Lomb Hall 474
Email: sean.m.kelty at

Sean has his BS in Applied Physics with double minor in Math and Computer Science and MS in Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology. After growing up and attending undergraduate in New Jersey, he began attending the University of Rochester in 2016 and has done research in theoretical quantum optics prior to joining Ghoshal’s group. Outside of physics, Sean’s activities and interests include art, music, and drag.

Bibandhan Poudyal

Office: Bausch & Lomb Hall 474
Email: bpoudyal at

Bib got his BS degree in Physics from Tribhuvan University (Nepal) with major in physics. Subsequently he got his Masters at Miami University at Ohio where he worked in the theoretical Quantum Optics/Information group and graduated in 2020. He began attending the University of Rochester in 2020 and joined the Ghoshal group in his second year. Besides physics, he his an avid fan of soccer.

Yavuz Uzun

Office: Komberg Medical Research Building G.9816
Email: yuzun at

Yavuz has his BS in Physics at Bogazici University. He is, now, a graduate student in Physics and Astronomy Department, and is part of the Ghoshal and Padmanabhan Labs. His research interest is the theory of Complexity Science, Statistical Mechanics, and Computational Neuroscience and their application in brain organoid research. Besides research, he enjoys cycling and hiking.




Hugo S. Barbosa

Email: H.Barbosa at

Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Exeter



Surendra A. Hazarie

Email: shazarie at

Data Scientist at Comlinkdata

Sayat Mimar

Email: smimar at

Research Scientist at TuSimple, Inc.

Kristen Bush

Email: kristen_bush at

Centers for Disease Control

Brian Dickinson

Email: bdicken3 at

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Grove City College



Gul Seda Unal

Email: gulsedaunal at

Head of Data Science at Box



Alec Kirkley

Email: akirkley at

Assistant Professor in Data Science Institute at the City University of Hong Kong

 Tyler Perlman

Email: tperlman at

Graduate student, Courant Institute of Mathematics, NYU