Principal Investigator

Gourab Ghoshal

Assistant Professor of Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science
Office: Bausch & Lomb Hall 464
Phone: (585) 276-7748
Email: gghoshal at

Gourab Ghoshal is Assistant 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.

doctorate students


Surendra A. Hazarie

Office: Bausch & Lomb Hall 474
Email: shazarie at

Surendra is a second year graduate student working towards a PhD in physics. He completed his undergraduate studies at Rochester, earning a B.S. in physics with a minor in mathematics. He has done research in astronomy, surface / condensed matter physics, as well as quantum optics. In his spare time, he enjoys video games and board games.

Sayat Mimar

Office: Bausch & Lomb Hall 373
Email: smimar at

Sayat received his Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey. He entered University of Rochester Physics Ph.D. program in 2016. During his undergraduate studies, he attended DESY Summer School Program in Hamburg also made a short scientific visit to Institut Non Linéaire de Nice in France where he had research experience in condensed matter physics also in optics.
Among his hobbies are music, reading about history and philosophy. He also enjoys playing table tennis.

Brian Dickinson

Email: bdicken3 at

Brian is a third year PhD student from the Computer Science department. As an undergrad he studied Computer Science and Business Administration at Houghton College. His research focuses on data science analysis and applications for social issues.


Hugo S. Barbosa

Email: H.Barbosa at

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

Kristen Bush

Email: kristen_bush at

Centers for Disease Control

Gul Seda Unal

Email: gulsedaunal at

Data Science Fellow at Insight Data Science

Alec Kirkley

Email: akirkley at

Graduate Student in Physics at the University of Michigan