Chris Gerig

3rd year PhD candidate

e-mail: cgerig (at) berkeley (dot) edu
Office: some random café

Curriculum Vitae


I am thinking about cobordism maps in Embedded Contact Homology by counting (possibly branched multiply-covered) pseudoholomorphic curves, with a related interest in gauge theory and near-symplectic geometry.
My adviser is Michael Hutchings.



As an undergraduate I majored in Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell, while doing research in low-temperature experimental physics. Here is my honors thesis from Cornell, Investigation of the Breakdown of Newtonian Gravity at Submicron Length-Scales, under my physics mentor Seamus Davis.

Then I entered the PhD Physics program at UC Berkeley for one year, before quitting to join their math department. I worked under Dan Stamper-Kurn for a few months as a graduate student, with the intent of using cold atoms to study cQED (cavity quantum electrodynamics). I began by designing/building a laser to use in the lab and writing a documentation, Grating-Stabilized 1064nm Diode Laser, so that future students can easily build more.

I currently run the Graduate Social Club at UC Berkeley, in which I host small and big social events for the campus-wide graduate community. This is not only to give students an outlet to relax from their studies, but to give them the opportunity to meet others outside of their own department!

I love sports, mainly American football for which I played on the varsity team during high school. I currently keep active with a few intramural sports on campus.

I'm also classically trained on upright bass, performing with the MENC All-Eastern Orchestra (spanning 11 states on the east coast) and Cornell Symphony Orchestra and Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.