My research group consists of Dr. Morgan Weiler (RTG Lovett Instructor) and Leo DiGiosia (PhD Candidate).
A video of my research lecture on ``Equivariant and Nonequivariant Contact Homology" at the 2019 IAS Symplectic Geometry/Dynamics Seminar
|Email: jo.lastname [at] rice [dot] edu||Office: 402 Hermann Brown Hall, x5209|
|Topology Seminar||Contact Topology Learning Seminar|
|Rice Colloquium||Horizons in Mathematics|
|Curves and Surfaces, Fall 2019||Geometric Topology, Fall 2019|
Previously I was a Ritt Assistant professor at Columbia University (2017-2018), an NSF
MSPRF postdoc at Barnard College, Columbia University (2013-2014, 2016-2017), a Member at the Institute for Advanced Study from 2014-2016, a Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study from 2013-2014, and at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics in the spring of 2014.
My research involves the interactions between symplectic, contact and complex geometry. I am working on foundational results in defining contact invariants via pseudoholomorphic curves, often with Michael Hutchings and more recently with Morgan Weiler. More recently I've started thinking about pair of pants products in various formulations of contact homology and relationships to loop spaces.
I obtained my PhD in 2013 under the supervision of Mohammed Abouzaid while at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Before that I spent 2006-2007 as a foreign exchange student at the Technische Universität Berlin. I earned my bachelors degree in mathematics and minored in German at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A long time ago I went to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy.
Among other things I enjoy the color purple, zombies, swimming, knitting, speaking german (poorly at this point), and traveling (although I've started to overdo it).