I am currently a research member at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California. I study geometric representation theory and W-algebras, and completed my PhD at the University of Toronto under Joel Kamnitzer. Before that, I received my undergraduate degree in mathematical physics from Queen's University.

# Research interests

My research lies in the general areas of geometric representation
theory and categorification, both fields which attempt to better
understand problems in classical representation theory through the
introduction of geometric intuition or higher structure. More
specifically I study *W-algebras*, objects which are closely
tied to both the Lie theoretic and Poisson geometric worlds.

The representation theory of W-algebras is strongly related to the
classical study of the *BGG category O*, an object of interest
in Lie theory. In particular, a given *infinitessimal block* of
category *O* can be shown to be equivalent to a subcategory –
analogous to category *O* – of the modules for a particular
W-algebra. With this relationship, we can begin to look at many
classical categorification constructions using category *O*
from the point of view of W-algebras, gaining new insight into their
workings.

For more detailed information, please refer to my statement of research interests (A4).