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November 26, 2019 at 5:17 pm

Chakrabarty Spends Summer Interning on Wall Street

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Nilaj Chakrabarty

By Rachael Beardsley
NQPI Editorial Intern
Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute 2019 Fall Newsletter

Nilaj Chakrabarty, a doctoral student in Physics & Astronomy at Ohio University, recently spent his summer interning at a global investment bank in New York City. He worked at the bank’s risk management department using the math and computer skills he’s learned through his research.

Chakrabarty, whose research is in cellular biophysics, studies the transport mechanisms of actin and neurofilaments using theoretical and computational approaches. These skills, and an interest in studying quantitative finance made him a perfect candidate to help the bank predict future losses and protect the value of assets on its books. During the internship, he helped build statistical models and presented his research to the firm’s senior management.

“My internship involved using some of the computational and statistical tools that I use for my research, and I think my mathematical and research background put me in a very good place,” Chakrabarty said.

Chakrabarty said his research under the direction of Distinguished Professor Dr. Peter Jung has allowed him to work with people from a diverse range of educational and cultural backgrounds, which aided him during his internship.

“We work constantly with biologists and experimentalists who might have limited background in the methods we use,” Chakrabarty said. “Yet we have to work effectively with them and make sure everyone is on the same page. In finance, you have people from very different backgrounds and effective communication is vital for the success of the firm. So, I feel, my background really helped me.”

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