PG students

Veronika Breunhölder
Veronika Breunhölder
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: James Lucietti
Veronika is from Vienna, Austria. She completed a master's programme in Physics at the Vienna University of Technology, her master's thesis dealing with phase transitions in gravitational theories. After graduating, she moved to Edinburgh to start her PhD in Mathematical Physics. Her research interests include supergravity, string theory and geometry.
 
Alice Clark
Alice Clark
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Christian Sämann
Alice was born in South Wales, UK. She did an undergraduate degree in Experimental and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, before completing part III of the Mathematical Tripos in her fourth year. Her part III essay, supervised by Paul Townsend, was a review of the BFSS M(atrix) model of M-theory. After a year of working as an Android engineer at RealVNC Ltd., she moved to Heriot-Watt in 2014 to start her PhD with Christian Saemann. Her research interests include the dynamics of M-branes in M-theory and the role of geometry in descriptions of physical systems.
 
Grigorios Giotopoulos
Grigorios Giotopoulos
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Richard Szabo
Grigorios was born and grew up in Athens, Greece. He graduated with a BSc in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Edinburgh in 2016, with a dissertation on the mathematics of Gauge Theory. He then went on to complete Part III of the mathematical tripos at the University of Cambridge. He is now working on a PhD at Heriot-Watt, under the supervision of Richard Szabo. His research interests include geometry, string theory and gauge theory while as a hobby he worries about foundational issues of quantum theories.
 
Alex Howes
Alex Howes
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: James Lucietti
Alex is from West Somerset, England, and completed her undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Cambridge. Her master's project involved studying BSM theories of charged Higgs bosons and the interactions with quarks, supervised by Maria Ubiali. Her research now involves studying the solutions of higher dimensional black holes.
 
sergio inglima
Sergio Inglima
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Bernd Schroers
Sergio is from London (UK). He completed a BSc in Physics & Mathematics at the University of Southampton before working in Telcommunications as a research engineer. He returned to academia to pursue an interest in theoretical physics, graduating from Imperial College (2012) with a MSc in "Quantum Fields & Fundamental forces". His dissertation was a review of the Hamiltonian formalism of General Relativity, with a focus on the difficulty of defining gauge invariant observables in gravity. He is currently researching the deformation of wave equations in 2+1 gravity under the supervision of Bernd Schroers. Other scientific interests include quantum gravity, geometry and foundational issues in physics.
 
vincenzo emilio marotta
Vincenzo Emilio Marotta
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Richard Szabo
Vincenzo was born in Avellino, Italy. He completed his BSc in Aerospace Engineering at University of Naples "Federico II" and, then, switched to Physics. He stayed in Naples for his MSc degree in Theoretical Physics. His master thesis, supervised by Prof. P. Vitale, concentrated on the study of Generalised Geometry, its applications to Principal Chiral Models and its relations with the geometry of Double Field Theory. He is now a PhD student at Heriot-Watt University, under the supervision of Richard Szabo. His interests include Differential Geometry, Generalised Geometry and their applications to physics.
 
lukas müller
Lukas Müller
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Richard Szabo
Lukas is from Bremen, Germany. He did his BSc in Physics in Bremen and then moved to Hamburg for an MSc in Mathematical Physics. His master's thesis was concerned with the construction of Dijkgraaf-Witten theories from invariants of 3-manifolds. He is now doing a PhD at Heriot-Watt under the supervision of Richard Szabo. He is interested in higher categorical and geometric structures in physics. His research is concerned with the study of anomalies in functorial field theories and their relation to condensed matter physics.
 
calum ross
Calum Ross
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Bernd Schroers
Calum completed an MPhys in Theoretical Physics at Lancaster University before attending the University of Cambridge to undertake the Part III course in Applied Mathematics. His master's project was in geometric distribution theory with particular applications to electromagnetism, while at Cambridge he did a Part III project on the geometry of supersymmetric quantum mechanics. His interests include differential geometry, gauge theory and topological solitons.
 
philipp rter
Philipp Rüter
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Lotte Hollands
Philipp is from North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He did his BSc in Physics in Münster and then moved to Hamburg for an MSc in Mathematical Physics. His master's thesis involved finding maximal supersymmetric vacua of gauged Supergravities. He is now doing a PhD at Heriot-Watt under the supervision of Lotte Hollands. His research is on N=2 supersymmetric theories of class S and their relations to the Hitchin system and the moduli space of flat connections on a Riemann surface.
 
Lennart Schmidt
Lennart Schmidt
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Christian Sämann
Lennart grew up in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. He acquired both his undergraduate and MSc degrees in physics at ETH Zürich, Switzerland. His master thesis concentrated on calculating OPEs of fermionic and bosonic W-algebras. He is now a PhD-student at Heriot-Watt University under the supervision of Christian Sämann. Here his work will focus on background independent field theories and higher gauge theories.
 
spyridoula sklaveniti
Spyridoula Sklaveniti
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Anastasia Doikou
Spyridoula is from Lefkada, Greece. She completed her undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of Patras, followed by a MSc in Applied Mathematics. Her master thesis, supervised by Prof V. Papageorgiou, involved a method of full discretization for integrable PDEs. Then she joined Heriot-Watt University as a PhD student under the supervision of Dr A. Doikou. Her research focuses on constructing Lax representations for both integrable PDEs and discrete integrable systems by applying specific algebraic methods.
 
andrius štikonas
Andrius Štikonas
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: Joan Simón
Andrius was born in Novotroick, Russia and grew up in Vilnius, Lithuania. He graduated with a BA/MMath from University of Cambridge in 2013. He has written a Part III essay on the instability of Anti-de Sitter space. His research interest is entanglement entropy in conformal quantum field theories and gravity.
 
fred tomlinson
Fred Tomlinson
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: James Lucietti
Fred was born and grew up in London. He studied at the University of Cambridge where he attained a Bachelors in Physics followed by a Masters in Mathematics. His research involves classifying the solutions of higher dimensional black holes.
 
carlos zapata carratala
Carlos Zapata-Carratalá
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: José Figueroa-O'Farrill
Carlos was born in Alicante, Spain. He discovered his passion for theoretical and mathematical physics at a very early age and has been selftaught to some degree ever since. He graduated with a Degree in Physics from the University of Valencia and wrote his dissertation on the fibre bundle structures of gauge theories. He then moved to Cambridge to take Part III and wrote an essay on the hamiltonian formulation of general relativity. In September 2014 he joined the University of Edinburgh as a PhD student under the supervision of José Figueroa-O'Farrill. The topics in physics and mathematics he finds fascinating are: geometric formulation of physical theories, category theory, foundational aspects of quantum theories, geometry of groups of transformations or foundational and philosophical aspects of space-time, to name a few.