Murray Holland


Athreya Shankar is a graduate student working with Murray Holland. Athreya started his PhD in August 2014, after earning a Bachelor of Technology in Engineering Physics from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. His research interests include light-atom interactions and collective behavior in ensembles of quantum objects.

When not worrying about validity criteria for perturbation theories, Athreya likes to play cricket and watch movies. He occasionally pauses movies mid-way to resume worrying about said perturbation theories.


John Bartolotta served as a graduate student from 2016 to 2021 in the Holland Group at JILA.


John acquired his B.S. in physics and mathematics (magna cum laude) and M.S. in physics from the University of Connecticut, Storrs campus. He obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Colorado, Boulder in May 2021.


Murray Holland was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. He wanted to be a scientist for as long as he can remember. Because his father was an electrical engineer, Holland was exposed to technical ideas from early childhood. He developed a special interest in physics when he was about 14 years old because of the influence of some excellent high school teachers.