Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

**Email:**

**Office:** 2-271

**Mail:**

MIT Department of Mathematics

77 Massachusetts Ave, Bldg 2-271

Cambridge, MA 02139, USA

**Research interests**: Combinatorics (extremal, probabilistic, additive, graph theory, discrete geometry)

Co-organizer of MIT Combinatorics Seminar

**Current PhD students**:
Aaron Berger,
Ashwin Sah,
Mehtaab Sawhney,
Jonathan Tidor

**Former PhD students**:
Benjamin Gunby (Harvard PhD ‘21 → Rutgers postdoc)

## Teaching

- 18.225 Graph Theory and Additive Combinatorics (grad), Fall 2021
- 18.A34 Mathematical Problem Solving (Putnam Seminar), Fall 2021
- 18.226 Probabilistic Methods in Combinatorics (grad), Fall 2020
- 18.211 Combinatorial Analysis, Fall 2018
- Polynomial Method in Combinatorics (grad), Trinity Term 2016, Oxford
- Math Olympiad training handouts

## Selected publications

- Joints of varieties (with Jonathan Tidor and Hung-Hsun Hans Yu)
- Testing linear-invariant properties (with Jonathan Tidor)

*FOCS*2020. - Equiangular lines with a fixed angle (with Zilin Jiang, Jonathan Tidor, Yuan Yao, and Shengtong Zhang)

*Annals of Mathematics*194 (2021), 729–743. - A reverse Sidorenko inequality (with Ashwin Sah, Mehtaab Sawhney, and David Stoner)

*Inventiones Mathematicae*221 (2020), 665–711. - An $L^p$ theory of sparse graph convergence I: limits, sparse random graph models, and power law distributions
(with Christian Borgs, Jennifer T. Chayes, and Henry Cohn)

*Transactions of the American Mathematical Society*372 (2019), 3019–3062. - Upper tails and independence polynomials in random graphs
(with Bhaswar B. Bhattacharya, Shirshendu Ganguly, and Eyal Lubetzky)

*Advances in Mathematics*319 (2017), 313–347. - A relative Szemerédi theorem
(with David Conlon and Jacob Fox)

*Geometric and Functional Analysis*25 (2015), 733–762. - Sphere packing bounds via spherical codes
(with Henry Cohn)

*Duke Mathematical Journal*163 (2014), 1965–2002.

## Slides

- Extremal problems in discrete geometry
- The joints problem for varieties
- Equiangular lines, spherical two-distance sets, and spectral graph theory
- Popular common difference
- Regularity method for sparse graphs and its applications
- A reverse Sidorenko inequality: independent sets, colorings, and graph homomorphisms
- Large deviations in random graphs
- Pseudorandom graphs, relative Szemerédi theorem and the Green-Tao Theorem

## Videos

- The joints problem for varieties, Big Seminar by Laboratory of Combinatorial and Geometric Structures, Aug 2020
- Equiangular lines, spherical two-distance sets, and spectral graph theory, DIMAP, Dec 2020
- Popular common difference, Webinar in Additive Combinatorics, May 2020
- Equiangular lines with a fixed angle, Banff International Research Station, Sep 2019
- Large deviations and exponential random graphs, Northeastern University Network Science Institute, May 2018
- Large deviations for arithmetic progressions, Simons Institute, Berkeley, Apr 2017
- Sparse graph regularity tutorial, Simons Institute, Berkeley, Jan 2017
- Green–Tao theorem and a relative Szemerédi theorem, Simons Institute, Berkeley, Dec 2013

## Short CV

- NSF CAREER award, 2021
- Sloan Research Fellowship, 2019
- Dénes König Prize, 2018
- Ph.D. Mathematics, MIT, 2015 (Advisor: Jacob Fox)
- M.A.St. Mathematics with Distinction, Cambridge, 2011
- S.B. Mathematics, MIT, 2010
- S.B. Computer Science and Engineering, MIT, 2010
- Previous affiliations: Oxford, Berkeley, Stanford, Microsoft Research