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Arjan Puniani
University of California, Berkeley | Center for Theoretical Physics
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Arjan Singh Puniani recently graduated with Academic Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CBE) and Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS). He was subsequently accepted into the graduate program, where he completed all coursework for a PhD in Particle Physics with UC Berkeley's Center for Theoretical Physics, summa cum laude. Throughout his academic career, Arjan held research appointments with the top institutions in a number of eclectic fields. Arjan has performed computational psychophysics research under Physics Nobel Laureate Donald Glaser at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and investigated neurosurgical therapies for the highly aggressive brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), at the University of California, San Francisco. Recently, Arjan focused on experimental particle physics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where bolometric detection methods were employed to establish the Majorana character of the neutrino. Prior to graduation, Arjan worked for the Berkeley Quantum Information and Computation Center, investigating physical implementations of quantum computers and botanical means of quantum information signal processing. In addition to basic scientific research, Arjan has pursued opportunities in the upper echelons of finance, including Technology Investment Banking at Pacific Crest Securities and Portfolio Investment Management at Goldman Sachs. Arjan's interests include fencing (sabre), equestrian polo, weight-lifting, tennis, golf, football, and racquetball. He is an avid reader of Thomas Pynchon, immensely enjoys supporting the Miami Heat, St. Louis Rams, and Real Madrid, and has travelled to Europe, the Caribbean, India, and Dubai.