I am currently on the job market.
I am a postdoc at the Harvard Center of Mathematical Sciences and Applications, where I have been working with David Nelson and L. Mahadevan. As a theoretical physicist, I am interested in soft matter and biophysics, particularly active matter, liquid crystals on curved surfaces, topological defects, morphogenesis, and the interplay between geometry and topology.
I received my PhD in physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where I was advised by Boris Shraiman. As a graduate student, I also worked with Cenke Xu on topological aspects of hard condensed matter physics as well as Cristina Marchetti and Mark Bowick in soft matter.
I also co-organize with David Nelson the Harvard CMSA Active Matter Seminar. We encourage anyone interested broadly in active matter research to attend.
Here is my CV.
August 2023: I gave a talk at the Centennial Conference “Crossing the Disciplinary Boundaries of Physics” in Copenhagen based on recent joint works with with Grace Zhang, David Nelson, and Amin Doostmohammadi.
June 2023: I gave a talk at the LMP seminar at Max-Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization based on recent joint works with Grace Zhang, David Nelson, and L. Mahadevan.
May 2023: I gave a talk at the MPI-PKS Biological Physics seminar at Max-Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems based on recent joint works with Grace Zhang, David Nelson, and L. Mahadevan.
Periodic orbits, pair nucleation, and unbinding of active nematic defects on cones
FV, D. R. Nelson, Amin Doostmohammadi, arXiv (2023)
Geometry and Dynamics of Active Topological Defects FV, Ph.D. Thesis (2021)
Multi-defect dynamics in active nematics
FV, M. J. Bowick, M. C. Marchetti, B. I. Shraiman, arXiv (2020)
* equal contribution