Principal Investigator

Gourab Ghoshal

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

Gourab Ghoshal is Associate 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 fourth 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. His current work focuses on understanding human mobility in physical and virtual contexts. 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.

Sean Kelty

Office: Bausch & Lomb Hall 373
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.

Undergraduate Students

Tyler Perlman


Tyler is a third year undergraduate student working towards a B.S. in Physics and an Honors B.S. in Mathematics. He is a member of the Kapitza Society, and has worked as a Teaching Assistant for both the Mathematics and Physics departments. He is also a member of the Strong Jugglers and enjoys playing tennis and board games.


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

Brian Dickinson

Email: bdicken3 at

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Grove City College