Researchers, Associates, and Instructors

Anders Albertsen

Anders Albertsen

Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

Anders N. Albertsen studied Chemistry at the Department of Physics, Chemistry, and Pharmacy, University of Southern Denmark. He obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry at the Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT) under the supervision of Assoc. Prof.  Pierre-Alain Monnard.  The Ph.D. thesis, "Study of Replication Processes in Minimal Self-Replicating Systems", was defended in December 2013. Anders joined the Perez-Mercader group in February 2014.

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Alexis Berg

Research Associate
McColl Group

Alexis Berg ( is a Research Associate in Prof. Kaighin McColl's group. He is an Earth System scientist whose research interests focus on land-climate interactions, land surface hydrology and global ecosystems. His research relies primarily on the analysis of climate model simulations and global observational datasets. On-going research focuses on understanding the coupled responses of the continental water cycle, land ecosystems and climate to greenhouse warming.

Alexis Berg obtained his PhD in 2011 from Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris, France), working at the Institute Pierre Simon Laplace (IPSL).

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Hao Cao

Research Associate
Bloxham Group

The overarching goal of my research is to understand the interior structure, dynamics, and evolution of planetary bodies. My research recognizes and emphasizes that understanding planetary magnetic fields is essential for understanding the host planets.  My research experience encompasses space magnetometer data analysis, analytical and numerical magnetohydrodynamics (MHD) modeling of planetary dynamos, and theoretical calculation of planetary gravity fields. I am a Cassini Participating Scientist, a member of the Cassini magnetometer (MAG) team, a member of the Juno Interior Working Group, and a Co-Investigator of the JUICE MAG team. Currently I am deriving the interior structures and dynamics of Saturn and Jupiter employing magnetic fields measurements from the Cassini Grand Finale and Juno." src="/profiles/openscholar/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">


Benjamin Chauvin

Shaw Group

I work on mechanics-based structural restoration. Restoration consists in recovering paleo-geometries of geological structures through time. Restoration has many applications: knowledge of the paleo-structures, strain/stress quantification, determination of fracture areas, validation of structural interpretations, etc. Several methods have been being developed since the beginning of the previous century, first based on geometrical and kinematic assumptions, and more recently on geomechanical rules.

My work consists in developing a restoration software based on geomechanics and in applying it on geological case studies. The tool I am developing is RINGMecha ( The final aims are to determine the validity of this restoration method for geomechanical analysis, and to compare it to other restoration methods.


Gong Cheng

Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute

Dr. Gong Cheng is a Postdoctoral Fellow working with Dr. Juan Pérez-Mercader at Rowland Institute at Harvard, Harvard University. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Science. After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar at the Pennsylvania State University. He moved to Harvard in Dec. 2017. His research interests focus on the design of innovative materials and technology for application in biomedicine and synthetic biology. Currently, his research topic in EPS at Harvard is to explore the origin of life from the chemical and materials perspective. More specifically, construction of an artificial cell or cell-like compartment to explain the formation of protocell and decode the origin of life.

Daniel W,E. Green

Daniel W. E. Green

Jacobsen Group
Daniel Green is Director of the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams and he is involved in research of small bodies of the solar system — particularly comets and meteors, but also minor planets.  He collects and archives/publishes data on comets from observers around the world, and these data are published in the International Comet Quarterly (the world’s largest journal devoted solely to comets, which he edits) and posted at the Cometary Science Archive on its computers at EPS.  He also directs the acquisition of CCD images of comets on a nightly basis using telescopes in Tibet, and those images are analyzed, measured, and archived; searching for new comets and near-earth asteroids.  He is a member of the International Astronomical Union’s 13-member Committee on Small Body Nomenclature, which approves names for comets and minor planets (including trans-Neptunian objects) and their satellites.  He is a member of Harvard’s Origins program, with an interest in how observational data of comets can help in the study of their origins and in the origins of the solar system.  Green obtained his Ph.D. in physics and astronomy from the University of Durham (U.K.), his thesis focusing on analysis of old astronomical data in the historical literature using modern techniques, to extend our archive of useful data by centuries.

Mostafa Essam Hamouda

Tziperman Group

Currently a PhD student in Milano Bicocca University in Milano - Italy. Pre-PhD Diploma degree at the International Center of Theoretical Physics (ICTP - Trieste - Italy; thesis supervisor Professor Fred Kucharski,). thesis subject was Ekman Pumping mechanism driving Precipitation anomalies in Response to Equatorial Heating.

Current research intersts include: Tropical-Extratropical teleconnections; Climate Dynamics; ENSO - Indian Monsoon teleconnections; ENSO - North Atlantic Oscillation teleconnections; Aqua-Planet Simulations.

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Lucy hutyra

Lucy Hutyra


Lucy R. Hutyra is an Associate Professor of Earth & Environment at Boston University. Her research focuses on the atmosphere-biosphere exchange of CO2, with a particularly focus on urban systems.

Her recent work has focused on improving ecosystem models for carbon exchange within cities, emissions inventories, and the development urban carbon monitoring systems. Hutyra is the Director of the Urban Climate Research Initiative and the Associate Director for the NRT PhD training program on biogeosciences & environmental health at Boston University. She holds a Ph.D. in Earth & Planetary Sciences from Harvard University and a B.S. in Forestry from University of Washington.

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Sai Krishna Katla

Research Associate
Perez-Mercader Lab, Rowland Institute
Sai Krishna Katla earned his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Jawaharlal Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), India in 2011. After graduating, he pursued postdoctoral research in Nanofabrication and Nanomaterials group at the Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD), a Synchrotron Light Source at the Louisiana State University (LSU). His research at LSU was part of the Center for Atomic-Level Catalyst Design, a DOE sponsored Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC). During this period, his research focused on (i) Application of atomically precise gold nanoclusters in catalysis and magnetism, (ii) Application of millifluidics-based lab-on-a-chip devices for synthesis and in situ time-resolved characterization of nanomaterials. Later, he worked on electrocatalytic applications of nanomaterials as a Research Scientist from 2014 to 2015 in the 3D-Nanostructuring group at Institute of Physics & Institute of Micro- and Nanotechnologies (IMN), Technische Universität Ilmenau, Germany. Further, he worked on photothermal application of atomically precise gold nanoclusters as a Research Scientist - Associate and later as a Lecturer at The University of Texas at El Paso from 2015 to 2018. He is currently working on chemical computing and other problems associated with the creation of chemical artificial life as a Research Associate in Pérez-Mercader group.