* In July, I am moving to Yale to join the lab of Thierry Emonet as a Sloan-Swartz Fellow.
** Thesis defended and published on June 1st; PDF

I am a PhD candidate of Physics at UC San Diego, where I work in the research group of Henry Abarbanel. My work is a combination of physics, computational neuroscience, and applied mathematics.

I am interested in the theoretical analysis of neurons and neural circuits. My approach is generally from a dynamical systems viewpoint, with emphasis on biologically plausible systems. I am also interested in theoretical aspects of data assimilation, i.e. inference of high-dimensional nonlinear systems. More information is found on my research page.

I am passionate about instruction, and I take my role as an educator and communicator of science seriously. Prior to beginning graduate school, I taught mathematics at Camden Academy Charter High School in Camden, NJ, where I initiated the Calculus AP program. I have served as a teaching assistant at UC San Diego, and I have adjuncted at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (now SUNY Polytechnic Institute), at the University of San Diego, and at UC San Diego. I am a certified teacher of secondary education in New Jersey, and an Americorps and Teach for America alumnus. More information is on my teaching page.

You can also read about my other interests in music, art, the outdoors, and the NBA on my besides science page. (*Still under construction!)

Nirag Kadakia
Email: nkadakia@physics.ucsd.edu

UC San Diego Dept. of Physics

Office: Mayer Hall Addition Rm. 4651

La Jolla, CA 92903