Arsineh Apelian

Graduate Student


  • (2019) B.S. in Physics at UC Irvine


Prior to Arsineh joining UCSB, she received her BS in physics from UC Irvine where she worked on DFT calculations for single atom catalysis with Prof. Regina Ragan. After she graduated, she interned at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory with Dr. Anubhav Jain (2019) and Dr. Sinéad Griffin (2020) where she used her background in DFT for thermoelectrics applications as well as topological materials research. Now, Arsineh is pursuing her PhD at UCSB in the Materials department as a NSF Research Fellow.


As a member of the Vlcek group, Arsineh's interests are in computational and theoretical development for quantum information purposes and future quantum technology applications. Specifically, she is using first-principles approaches to go beyond conventional calculation methods and to develop new computational developments, enabling the application of an ab-initio many-body theory that can be used for large systems. Right now, her interests lie in studying strongly-correlated systems such as twisted bilayers and quantum defects.