Scientific Interests

I am generally interested in anything quantum mechanical. My research has so far focused on the theory of ultracold gases, photonics, exciton-polaritons, topological insulators, topological photonics, and related areas.


2020.02 – present:
Associate Professor, Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR),
Tohoku University, Japan
2019.10 – present (concurrent):
PRESTO Researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), Japan
2018.04 – 2020.01:
Senior Research Scientist, RIKEN iTHEMS, Japan
2018.01 – 2018.03:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
2015.04 – 2017.12:
Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, INO-CNR BEC Center, Trento, Italy
2012.09 – 2015.03:
Postdoctoral Researcher, Università di Trento, Italy
2012.06 – 2012.08:
Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA


Ph.D. in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2012
– Thesis Title: Topics in multi-component ultracold gases and gauge fields
– Thesis Advisor: Gordon Baym
M.S. in Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, October 2007
B.S. in Physics, University of Tokyo, March 2006

Other Information

My casual interests outside physics and maths include playing musical instruments, playing chess, swimming, cooking, studying linguistics, and religious study.

I have seen all the existing paintings by Johannes Vermeer, except for “The Concert,” which was stolen and remains missing.