I am a geomechanics researcher with interests in exploring the mechanical behavior of Earth's materials under conditions relevant to the shallow Earth and upper mantle. In my studies, I utilize laboratory geomechanics and x-ray techniques as well as advanced constitutive modeling and material instability theories.
I currently serve as a Marie Curie EPFLeaders4Impact Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Department of Mechanical Engineering. I hold a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, a joint Erasmus Mundus master's in Earthquake Engineering from the University of Grenoble-Alpes and the School of Advanced Studies-Pavia, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Damascus University.