Paras Jain (June 2023 — December 2023)
Paras is a PhD student working with Dr. Mohit Kumar Jolly at Centre for Biosystems Science and Engineering at the Indian Insitute of Science. He applies his electrical engineering background to appreciate cellular systems as complex dynamical control systems that are robust to perturbations, while also being plastic with respect to environmental changes. Working with Dr. George during the Summer and Fall of 2023, Paras studied optimal decision making using dynamic programming to explore how cell populations adapt to fluctuating environments to optimize their fitness (growth). He is also interested in developmental economics, which includes how optimal social policy designs and implementation may be designed to fight social inequity and climate change. His time in Dr. George’s group provided him training in stochastic dynamic programming, which is relevant for this distinct application as well.