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Zohreh Davoudi, Ph.D.

Department of Physics University of Maryland, College Park

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Physics, a Fellow of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS), and the Associate Director for Education at the NSF Institute for Robust Quantum Simulation at the University of Maryland, College Park. The focus of my research is on simulating complex systems in nature arising from the most fundamental particles and interactions underlying them, or their effective descriptions. Here you will have a glimpse into my research and educational activities as a theoretical physicist.

Research Priorities

My research can be cast into four categories shown below. The underlying theme is to use simulation tools, classical and quantum, to study complex systems in nature arising from interactions of the Standard Model of Particle physics, in particular the strong interactions.

LATTICE GAUGE THEORY: FORMAL DEVELOPMENTS

Developing the mapping between physical quantities such as multi-hadron scattering amplitudes and transition rates and the numerical simulation of strong interactions in a finite discretized spacetime. 

Research Group

Post-doc position(s) available with (flexible) starting date in Fall 2024. Please apply here by Dec 1, 2023.

In the academic year 2023-2024, my group includes...

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CHUNG-CHUN HSIEH

Ph.D. student and research assistant

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CONNOR
POWERS

Ph.D. student and research assistant

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Yash Anand

Undergraduate student and research assistant

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NAVYA GUPTA

Ph.D. student and research assistant

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VINAY VIKRAMADITYA

Ph.D. student and research assistant

...along with post-doc and graduate research fellows and affiliates: 

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Dr. ALEXANDER SCHUCKERT

Post-doc fellow

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JAKE BRINGEWATT

Ph.D. student and research fellow

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DR. CHRISTOPHER WHITE

Post-doc research associate

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ALI IZADI RAD

Ph.D. student and research assistant

The former members or affiliate members of the group include:

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DR. INDRAKSHI
RAYCHOWDHURY

Indrakshi was a post-doc with us from 2019-2021 and has now joined Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani in Goa as an assistant professor.

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DR. ANIRUDDHA BAPAT

Ani was a Ph.D. student with QuICS and affiliated with our group from 2019-2021. He then joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a post-doc research associate.

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ANDREW SHAW

Andrew was a Ph.D. student with us from 2018-2020.

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DR. JESSE STRYKER

Jesse was a post-doc with us from 2020-2023 and has now joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a post-doc research associate.

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DR. NIKLAS MUELLER

Niklas was a post-doc with us from 2020-2022 and has now joined the University of Washington's InQubator for Quantum Simulation as a research assistant professor.

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Dr. SAURABH KADAM

Saurabh was a Ph.D. student and graduate research assistant with us from 2019-2023. He has now joined the University of Washington's InQubator for Quantum Simulation as a post-doc research associate.

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ALEXANDER SHAW

Alex was a graduate research fellow with us from 2020-2022. 

Media Appearance Highlight

The 2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Panelists: David Chalmers (NYU), Zohreh Davoudi (MIT), James Gates (University of Maryland), Lisa Randall (Harvard), and Max Tegmark (MIT).

2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?

2016 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: Is the Universe a Simulation?

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