Principal Investigator

Gabriele Grosso

Assistant Professor of Physics, Graduate Center – CUNY

Group Leader at Photonics Initiative at ASRC




Gabriele Grosso received his BS and MS in Physics from the University of Padova in 2007 and 2010, respectively. During his Master, he spent a year in the Butov’s group at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) with a scholarship issued by the UC Abroad Exchange Program. In 2014, he completed his Ph.D. in physics for his work “Hydrodynamics and nonlinear phenomena in polariton fluids” under the supervision of Prof. Benoit Deveaud at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He then joined the Quantum Photonics Group of Prof. Dirk Englund at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a postdoc. Gabriele was a fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation from 2014 to 2017 and a postdoc associate from 2017 to 2018.

As November 2018 Gabriele joined the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center.


PhD (Physics), EPFL (2014)
MS (Physics), University of Padova
BS (Physics),University of Padova



John Woods

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Graduate Center – CUNY







PhD (Engineering & Applied Sciences), Yale University (2020)
MS (Science in Engineering & Applied Sciences), Yale University (2016)
BS (Physics),University of Virginia (2014)


Graduate Students

Saroj Chand

Graduate Student of Physics, Graduate Center – CUNY





• In 2018 PhD student at Department of Physics at The Graduate Center-CUNY
• In 2017 MS, Physics, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
• In 2014 BS, Physics, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal
Field of Interest
• Quantum Optics


Enrique Mejia

Graduate Student of Physics, Graduate Center – CUNY






Enrique received dual BS degrees in electrical engineering and physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018. During that time, he studied light-matter interactions in two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D TMDCs) under Prof. Elaine Li. In the summer of 2017 he was invited to research quantum cascade laser-based mid-infrared harmonic frequency combs in the group of Prof. Federico Capasso at Harvard University.

BS (Physics), UT Austin (2018)
BS (Electrical Engineering), UT Austin (2018)


Shaina Raklyar

Graduate Student of Physics, Graduate Center – CUNY

Co-advised with Prof. German Kolmakov




Shaina Raklyar is a graduate student in physics at the Graduate Center of CUNY.  She received BS degree in Biomedical Informatics from CUNY City College of Technology. She joined the Photonics Initiative at CUNY Advanced Science Research Center in January 2020.


Ashok Adhikari

Graduate Student of Physics, Graduate Center – CUNY







• In 2021 PhD student at Department of Physics at The Graduate Center-CUNY
• In 2010 MS, Physics, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal


Undergraduate Students

Erik Ramjattan

Undergraduate Student of Mechanical Engineering – CCNY

Erik Ramjattan is a current undergraduate student at CCNY and will receive a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Physics at the end of 2023. There, he works as part of the school’s amateur rocketry club, the Harlem Launch Alliance, as a Solid Rocket Motor Operations engineer. He has always had an interest in academic research and chose to pursue it by investigating photonic properties of several emergent 2D materials.
BE (Mechanical Engineering), CCNY (expected 2023)

Aprajita Srivastava

Undergraduate Student of Computer Science – CCNY

Aprajita Srivastava is a CCNY undergraduate majoring in Computer Science who will graduate in Spring 2025. She is studying Computer Science in the hopes of becoming a Data Scientist in the future. She is presently a member of WiCs, the Society of Women Engineers, and Girls Who Code. She has also started her own International Students Club at CCNY. Aprajita is inspired by machine learning and data science’s ability to improve decision-making and prediction. 
B.S. (Computer Science), CCNY (anticipated 2025)


  • Khandker Habib – Undergraduate student (CCNY) 2020
  • Anas Ashraf – Undergraduate student (CCNY) 2021