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I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. I am also affiliated with the GVU Center at Georgia Tech. My research interests are in the area of computational social science, wherein I am interested in questions around making sense of human behavior as manifested via our online social footprints. I am motivated by how the availability of large-scale online social data, coupled with computational methods can help us answer fundamental questions relating to our social lives, particularly our health and well-being. At Georgia Tech, I lead the Social Dynamics and Wellbeing Lab (SocWeB). We study, mine, and analyze social media to derive insights and develop mechanisms toward improving our health and well-being. Please refer to the Research page for details about our broader research agenda, and the Publications page for recent research efforts. Our research is generously supported by the National Institutes of Health, the United Nations Foundation, Yahoo!, Facebook, and Samsung. Before moving to Georgia Tech in Spring 2014, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the neXus group at Microsoft Research, Redmond, between 2011 and 2013. I received my Ph.D in 2011 from the Department of Computer Science at Arizona State University, Tempe, where I was a part of the transdisciplinary program and venture on digital media: Arts, Media & Engineering. Following grad school, I also spent some time at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers. In the academic year 2014-15, I was also a faculty associate with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.