I am interested in soft matter systems where nontrivial collective behavior emerges from the competition among nonequilibrium driving forces, electrostatics, elasticity, and entropy.  As a Ph.D student in the Cacciuto research group, I have developed a particular interest in the unusual phenomenological behavior of self-propelled colloids. Using a combination of computer simulations and  analytical theory, I have looked to provide quantitative answers to several fundamental questions concerning the phase behavior and material properties of these active colloids.  A primary focus of my Ph.D work has been devoted to developing novel techniques to exploit the active nature of these particles to manipulate and self-assemble matter at the colloidal scale.