**Email: **avikchak at sas dot upenn dot edu

**Office: **DRL 4C13

I am a second-year PhD student at Penn. My interest lies in algebraic geometry, in particular, algebraic curves. My advisor is Angela Gibney. I am currently working on moduli of curves by studying the sheaf of coinvariants and conformal blocks arising from the representation theory of vertex operator algebras.

Previously, I completed my masters in math under the Bridge program. Before that, I worked on cars. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions related to math, Penn or anything else.

**Teaching: **

(Fall 2023) Teaching assistant for Math 5140: Advanced linear algebra.

(Summer 2022) Instructor for Math 3120: Linear algebra.

**Talks given: **

(04/07/2023) Representation theory of affine vertex operator algebra at Graduate Algebraic Geometry Seminar (GAGS), University of Pennsylvania.

(02/24/2023) How to count degrees of a projective variety at Graduate Pizza seminar, University of Pennsylvania.

**Service:**

(Fall 2023) DRP mentorship – Tropical geometry.

(Spring 2023) DRP mentorship – Introduction to abstract varieties.

(Summer 2023) Undergraduate student mentorship – Algebraic geometry, a first course.

**Others:**