6th year PhD candidate
e-mail: cgerig (at) berkeley (dot) edu
Office: 1075 Evans Hall
Symplectic geometry (J-holomorphic curves & embedded contact homology),
Gauge theory (Seiberg-Witten equations & monopole Floer homology),
Relations between them. My current interest is to gain information about smooth 4-manifolds by using symplectic techniques outside of the symplectic world and in combination with gauge theory.
My PhD adviser is Michael Hutchings
After this spring semester I will be an NSF postdoc at Harvard.
- Math 32 - Precalculus (Teaching Assistant). Spring 2017, Spring 2018
- Math W53 - Multivariable Calculus (Teaching Assistant). Summer 2017
- Math 191 - Knot Theory (Instructor). Spring 2016 .....
Syllabus, Sketched Lectures, Projects
- Physics C10 - Physics for Future Presidents (Teaching Assistant). Fall 2012
- Physics 7A - Newtonian Mechanics (Teaching Assistant). Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012
As an undergraduate I majored in Applied & Engineering Physics at Cornell, while doing research in low-temperature experimental
physics. Here is my honors thesis, Investigation of the Breakdown of Newtonian Gravity at Submicron
Length-Scales, under my physics mentor Seamus Davis.
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.
For 1-2 years I ran the Graduate Social Club at UC Berkeley (a project under the graduate government),
hosting small and large social events for the campus-wide graduate community.