Luiz G. A. Alves

Postdoctoral Fellow

Chemical and Biological Engineering
2145 Sheridan Road (Room E136)
EvanstonIllinois 60208USA
Phone: +1 847-491-7231


I was born in Brazil in 1991. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Physics (2012) and Master’s degree in Physics (2014) and a Ph.D. in Physics (2017) from the State University of Maringá. Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University and my research is driven by the analysis of data from complex systems. My goal is to extract meaningful patterns from these data to uncover rules and mechanism governing their structure and dynamics. Using tools from statistical physics, network theory, and data science, I investigate the several facets of crime, urban systems, trade networks, systems biology, and Earth-related phenomena.

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  • B. Sc. Physics, State University of Maringá (2012)
  • M. Sc. Physics, State University of Maringá (2014)
  • Ph. D. Physics, State University of Maringá (2017)


  • Graduate Student, State University of Maringá (2014-2017)
  • Visiting Scholar, Northwestern University (2015-2016)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of São Paulo (2017-2018)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University (2018-2021)