Current: I am teaching Galaxies and Cosmology (ASTR 452) in Spring 2017 at Rice University. This course is taken by graduate students as well as senior undergrads at Rice. My (handwritten) lecture notes can be downloaded below by clicking on the links:

Galaxies and Cosmology (ASTR 452)
Syllabus. Contents and Acknowledgements



  1. Quantum Field Theory, Rice University, Fall 2016
  2. Galaxies and Cosmology, Rice University, Spring 2016
  3. Statistical Mechanics at The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), South Africa Jan-Feb 2014
  4. Statistical Mechanics at The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), Senegal Jan-Feb 2013
  5. Statistical Mechanics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Spring 2012 (recitation)
  6. Light and Heat,  Stanford University, Fall 2007 (3 weeks)
  7. Introduction to Cosmology, Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University, Summer 2005-2006 (photo)
  8. The Early Universe, MIT, Oct 2009 (guest lecturer)


  1. PhD student, Jia-Liang Shen, Rice University, 2016-present
  2. Scott Carlsten , Rice University, 2016-present
  3. Osmond Wen, Rice University, 2016-present
  4. Marcos Garcia (postdoc), Rice University, 2016-present
  5. PhD student, Kaloian Lozanov at Cambridge, 2013- present
  6. Indranil Banik and Carinae Nagreanu, Oscillon Collisions, undergraduate summer Project at the Institute of Astronomy (Cambridge), 2013
  7. Clarisse Uwizeye , Statistical Mechanics of Gravitational Systems, Research Essay for African Institute of Mathematical Sciences (Senegal), Feb 2013-June 2013
  8. Kate McCutcheon, Horizon scale power spectrum at the end of inflation, Cambridge Part III Masters project, Sept 2012-May 2013
  9. Micheal Pearce, Oscillons with non-canonical kinetic terms, MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Summer 2012
  10. Danny Bulmash (with E. Bertschinger), The missing flare in Fermi, flux anomalies in strong lensing, MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Jan 2011-Sept 2011
  11. Antony Speranza (with A. Guth), Oscillon collisions in 1+1 dimensions, MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Oct -Dec 2010
  12. Arsen Mamikonyan (with A. Silvestri and E. Bertschiger), Testing models of modified gravity in our solar system, MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Feb-May 2009
  13. Thomas Roxlo (with A. Guth), Decay rates of flat-top oscillons in an expanding universe, as part of MIT Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Nov 2009-March 2010


1. Kirkpatrick Award for Excellence in Teaching Physics, Stanford University 2005
2. Centennial Teaching Assistant Award, Stanford University 2006

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