Selected Awards and Fellowships

Dr. John Philbin

Quantitative Strategist, Virtu Financial

John joined the Narang Lab in the summer of 2020 as a Postdoctoral Fellow through the Harvard Center of the Environment and has since moved with the Narang Lab to UCLA as a Postdoctoral Scholar. He received his B.A. in Biochemistry and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. He then spent a year working in Singapore with Prof. Notker Rösch working on computational catalysis before completing his Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Berkeley with Prof. Eran Rabani where he developed and applied theoretical and computational chemistry techniques to understand exciton and biexciton dynamics in nanomaterials.

In the Narang Lab at Harvard and UCLA, John has been primarily focused on strong light-matter coupling in molecular systems. For example, he has combined correlated electronic structure theory, machine learning, and molecular dynamics to understand the structural and thermodynamic properties of molecular gases, liquids, and solids within cavity quantum electrodynamics. He is also working on modeling magnetism in van der Waals materials using ab initio methods and the generation and control of entanglement in molecular qubits and quantum materials.

Fun fact: John often spends his free time on the basketball and tennis courts of Santa Monica or relaxing on the beach enjoying the California sunshine.