Biographical notes

I was awarded B.Sc (Honors in Physics) and the P.N. Sinha prize (University Gold Medal) by the University of Burdwan (India), and M.Sc (Physics) from the same institution. After post graduation, I worked as a CSIR junior and senior research fellow at S. N. Bose National Center for Basic Sciences in Calcutta (India) and obtained my PhD (in January 2000) for working on electronic structure of random alloys and surfaces with Professor Abhijit Mookerjee . After submitting my thesis, I spent a semester in Professor Michael Schrieber's group at the Technical University of Chemnitz (Germany) working on Anderson localization in binary disordered lattices.

I, subsequently, held a research fellowship from the Netherlands' Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and worked with Professors Gerard Barkema and late Werner van der Weg at the Institute for Theoretical Physics and Debye Institute in Utrecht University, respectively. This was followed by a short stint at the University of Nottingham (UK) with Professor Michael Swift's group, where I was mainly interested in the vibrations and the dynamics of granular materials. My transatlantic postdoctoral years were spent in Professor David Drabold's group at Athens, Ohio working on a range of topics—from structural modeling of materials via first-principles simulations and applications of maximum entropy in electronic structure to electron-phonon interactions in amorphous solids. In 2005, I moved to Leipzig (Germany) to work with Professor Dr. Jörg Kärger and PD Dr. Siegfried Fritzsche for studying diffusion in complex materials, such as zeolites and glasses. After spending a year in Saxony, I returned to the USA in 2006 to accept a tenure-track position in the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently, I am an Associate Professor in condensed mater theory at the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

In 2014, I took a sabbatical to spend a semester as a Robert and Renes' Glidden Visiting Professor of Physics in Ohio University. This was followed by a stint at the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge (UK) in 2015.

Apart from physics, I am an avid reader of classical literature, love to listen the German band Die Puhdys, and a frequent visitor to the Sächsische-Schweiz region in Germany.