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"For the development of a high efficiency, low noise mmwave photon to optical photon quantum transducer based upon Rydberg atoms in a first-of-its-kind seamless mmwave resonator."Background:
Aziza was born in Azerbaijan and grew up in Russia, and, briefly, Pakistan. She got her undergraduate degree in Physics from Harvard in 2013, working on experimental high-energy physics with Melissa Franklin. After graduation, she got her MPhil from the University of Cambridge as a Harvard-Cambridge scholar, working in the lab of Zoran Hadzibabic, where she built a system for conducting potassium-39 BEC experiments in a uniform box potential. She got her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2021 in the labs of Jonathan Simon and David Schuster after developing a hybrid quantum platform with Rydberg atoms in optical and superconducting microwave cavities. Starting from an empty lab, Aziza, together with the team, built a first-of-a-kind hybrid experiment and started exploring the use of mm-wave photons in cavity- and circuit-QED platforms. This work culminated with a demonstration of transduction between single optical and mmwave photons in cavities mediated by Rydberg atoms. Aziza is currently a postdoc in the group of Mikhail Lukin at Harvard, working on quantum networks with solid-state defects in nanophotonic cavities.