The Lab

The PI

Dr. Patrick Vora

Associate Professor of Physics, George Mason University
Director, Quantum Science and Engineering Center (QSEC)

Dr. Vora received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010 in experimental hard condensed matter physics. He has also developed expertise in ultrafast spectroscopy and quantum information through a postdoc at the Naval Research Laboratory.

At George Mason University, Dr. Vora works with graduate and undergraduate students to study quantum phenomena in atomically-thin materials using optics, electronic transport, and magnetic measurements. His teaching interests focus on PHYS260, PHYS412/512, and PHYS 407.

Graduate Students

Kachief Callender

Graduate Research Associate

Kachief Callender is a 2nd year Ph.D. student from Trinidad and Tobago. He graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from Howard University in 2020.



We presently have positions for PhD and MS students. Email Dr. Vora if interested!

Undergraduate Students

Leith Benali

Research Assistant

Senior Physics major from Warrenton, VA. Treasurer of the GMU Physics Society. Trombone enthusiast. Future PhD student.

Khang Diep

Research Assistant

Profession : Electrical Engineer. Passion : Lacrosse.

High School Students



Srimaye Peddinti

Research Intern

Srimaye is a high schooler at TJHSST and is interested in Quantum science and its applications.

Clare Viehmeyer

Research Intern

Clare is a senior at Edison High School. She is interested in quantum physics and its medical applications.


Multiple positions available! Email Dr. Vora if interested!

Lab Alumni

NameStatusInstitution / Company
Dr. Jaydeep JoshiQuantum PhysicistQrypt Inc.
Dr. Sean OliverSenior PhysicistMITRE Corporation
John GogginPhD Student | Condensed Matter PhysicsPennsylvania State University
Sam YeeEngineerRaytheon-BBN
Iris StonePhD Student | NeurosciencePrinceton University
Erin FierroPhD Student | Quantum OpticsUniversity of Pittsburgh