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Jason grew up in an anodyne Detroit suburb and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in physics with honors. His senior research thesis was completed in the lab of Prof. Ctirad Uher, studying novel thermoelectric materials.
Moving south to Houston, Jason attended Rice University and worked under the direction of Prof. Rui-Rui Du. He wrote his master's thesis on magnetoplasmonic resonances in 2-D heterostructures and received a master's Degree in 2013. During this time he also was co-advised by Prof. Junichiro Kono and worked on a few other projects involving growth and characterization of carbon nanotube FETs and Raman spectroscopy of nanotube solutions.
While acting as a teaching assistant for undergraduate labs at Rice, Jason developed an interest in teaching and upon completion of his degree moved to the Houston suburbs to teach high school physics for two years. Jason taught college-level (AP) physics at the Conroe ISD Academy of Science and Technology, a prestigious magnet program located within the Conroe, Texas school district.
Having interned at Hokkaido University in 2012, Jason returned to Japanese academia in 2015 by coming to OIST. He now studies quantum information science, particularly applications of color centers in diamond. He also has been a teaching assistant for statistical physics and quantum mechanics classes at OIST.
In addition to his studies, Jason is a full-time husband and father, as well as an avid wargamer.