People


Monica Allen
Principal Investigator

Ph.D in Physics, Harvard University (2016)
mtallen [at] physics.ucsd.edu
Office: Mayer Hall Addition 3611
Curriculum Vitae


Heather McMaster
Administrative Assistant

hmcmaster [at] physics.ucsd.edu
Office: Mayer Hall 3138
Phone: 858-822-2374

Tristan Merica-Jones
Fund Manager

tmericajones [at] physics.ucsd.edu
Office: Urey Hall Addition 101
Phone: 858-534-5851

Evan Cobb
Graduate Researcher

B.Sc. in Physics, UC Davis (2018)
ecobb [at] ucsd.edu

Leonard Cao
Graduate Researcher

B.Sc. in Physics and Math, HKU (2019)
wcao [at] ucsd.edu

Chen Wu
Graduate Researcher

M.Sc. in Applied Physics, Stanford (2020)
chw177 [at] ucsd.edu

Qixuan Zhang
Master's Student

B.Sc. in Materials Physics, USTB (2019)
qiz022 [at] eng.ucsd.edu

Shreyas Shukla
Master's Student

B. Tech in Engineering Physics (2020),
National Institute of Technology Calicut, India
shshukla [at] ucsd.edu

Daria Bonds
Undergraduate

STARS Scholar
Cal State San Marcos

Julien Alfaro
Undergraduate

STARS Scholar
jalfaro11 [at] csustan.edu

Employment Opportunities
We seek to build a diverse and creative team of scientists with expertise spanning physics, engineering, and materials science. Inquiries for positions at all levels are welcome.


  • Postdoctoral Research Associates: Please arrange for your CV and three letters of reference to be emailed to mtallen [at] physics [dot] ucsd [dot] edu. Experience with scanning probe microscopy, microwave electronics, 2D materials, or device fabrication is desirable.

  • PhD Candidates: If you are interested in joining our group, please apply to the Physics PhD program at UC San Diego and mention my name in your application. Prospective and current graduate students are welcome to email me to discuss research opportunities.

  • Undergraduates: Several short-term research projects are available. If interested, please send an email to mtallen [at] physics [dot] ucsd [dot] edu.