Contact Information:

  • Office: Lewis Lab 412
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-2:30, Fridays 4:00-5:00, or by appointment
  • Phone (On Campus): 86431
  • Phone (Off Campus): 610-75, followed by the five digits given above
  • Email: ank22X@lehigh.edu, but replace “X” with a zero.

About Me:

I joined the faculty in the Lehigh Department of Physics in the fall 2020 semester. My field of research is ultrarelativistic heavy-ion physics, the intersection of nuclear and particle physics. One of the main goals of research in this field is to learn more about the strong force, which holds nuclei and nucleons (protons and neutrons) together. At Lehigh, I collaborate closely with Prof. Rosi Reed as part of the Lehigh Relativistic Heavy Ion Group. I work on the ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, as well as the STAR and sPHENIX experiments at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory. I am co-PI on a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant to construct an Even Plane Detector for sPHENIX, and in 2022 I received a Department of Energy Early Career award to fund work on heavy-quark bound states at RHIC. I also do work related to Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in physics and STEM.

Mini CV:

  • 2020-: Assistant Professor, Lehigh University
  • 2015-2020: Research Associate, University of Houston
  • 2011-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in Physics from Yale University
  • B.A. in Physics from Pomona College


  • Fall 2020 & 2021: PHY 031: Modern Physics
  • Spring 2021, 2022, & 2023: PHY 364: Nuclear and Elementary Particle Physics
  • Fall 2020 & 2021: PHY 362: Quantum Mechanics I


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