PG students

Bruno Barton-Singer
Bruno Barton-Singer
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Bernd Schroers
Bruno grew up in Wandsworth in South West London, UK. He received a Bachelors in the Natural Sciences tripos at Cambridge, before switching to part III of the Mathematical tripos to study theoretical physics. As of 2018 he is at Heriot-Watt, studying the dynamics of magnetic skyrmions under the supervision of Bernd Schroers.
 
Andrew Beckett
Andrew Beckett
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: José Figueroa-O'Farrill
Andrew was born in Grantham, England and grew up mostly in Ayr, Scotland. He graduated with an MSci in Physics and Mathematics from the University of Glasgow in 2018. He then went on to obtain an MSc in Mathematical Physics from the University of Edinburgh the following year, writing his thesis on supersymmetry in curved spacetime under the supervision of José Figueroa-O'Farrill. He is now continuing this work with José as a PhD student.
 
Leo Bidussi
Leo Bidussi
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: Jelle Hartong
Leo is from Trieste, Italy. He received his BSc and MSc in Theoretical Physics at the University of Perugia. His Master thesis, supervised by Marta Orselli and Niels Obers, was about non-relativistic geometries in the context of the AdS/CFT Correspondence. He is now a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Jelle Hartong. His research is focused on the study of classical and quantum strings moving in a non-relativistic target space.
 
Wei Bu
Wei Bu
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: Tim Adamo
Wei was brought up in China, completing his BSc at the Australian National University and ETH Zürich (2020). He has started his PhD in the mathematical physics group at University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Tim Adamo in September 2020. His research interest lies in the field of twistor string theory and geometric reformulations of QFT.
 
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.
 
Alec Cooper
Alec Cooper
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Robert Weston
Alec is from Crawley, West Sussex, in the UK. He completed his integrated MSci degree in Physics at the University of Bristol in 2016; the title of his Masters project in theoretical optics (under Professor Mark Dennis) being "Polarisation Singularities in Anisotropic Crystal Optics". After turning down a PhD offer from NTU, he took a year out of academia, during which, among other part-time roles, he enjoyed tutoring A-Level students, before joining Heriot Watt for his PhD in 2017. He is currently studying under Professor Robert Weston, using representation theory of q-deformed algebras in an attempt to derive Baxter TQ-relations for open quantum spin chains.
 
Linden Disney-Hogg
Linden Disney-Hogg
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: Harry Braden
Linden is from North London, completing his bachelors and masters in maths at the University of Cambridge. He is interested in the integrability of systems, and maintains active research in biostatistics.
 
Ross Grassie
Ross Grassie
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: José Figueroa-O'Farrill
Ross was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He graduated with a BSc in Computer Science and Physics from the University of Edinburgh before going to Imperial College London to complete the MSc in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces. His master's thesis, supervised by Prof. K.S. Stelle, was a review of bosonic p-brane solutions in various dimensions. He is now doing Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of José Figueroa-O'Farrill. His research interests include supersymmetry, (super)gravity, and string theory.
 
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 geometrical formulation of gauge theories. He then went on to complete Part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge. He is now working on his PhD at Heriot-Watt, under the supervision of Richard Szabo. His research is focused on strong homotopy Lie algebras of gravity and their braided noncommutative and nonassociative deformations. Further research interests include geometrical and homotopical formulations of field theories, gauge theory, quantum gravity and string theory, while as a hobby he worries about foundational issues of quantum theory.
 
Emil Have
Emil Have
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: Jelle Hartong
Emil grew up in Denmark, where he received his MSc at the Niels Bohr Institute working on non-relativistic holographic dualities under the supervision of Niels Obers. He then went to Cambridge to complete part III of the Mathematical Tripos, where he wrote an essay on bosonization and the particle-vortex duality supervised by David Tong. He is now a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Jelle Hartong. His research focuses on holographic dualities as they appear in string theory and beyond, as well as aspects of non-Lorentzian geometries relevant to the fluid/gravity correspondence and fluid dynamics more generally with potential applications to strongly coupled condensed matter systems and systems of biophysical interest.
 
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.
 
Dávid Katona
Dávid Katona
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: James Lucietti
Dávid is from Budapest, Hungary. He received his first degree in Medicine at Semmelweis University before switching to Physics. After graduating with a BSc in Physics from Eötvös Loránd University, he completed part III of the Mathematical Tripos at the University of Cambridge. He then continued his studies at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Hanover. Since September 2020 he is a PhD student under the supervision of James Lucietti at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in the study of higher dimensional black holes.
 
Sonja Klisch
Sonja Klisch
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: Tim Adamo
Sonja grew up near Hannover, Germany, and later Nottingham, UK. She completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, culminating in an essay on Wess-Zumino-Witten Models. From January 2021, she will be a Ph.D. student at the University of Edinburgh, supervised by Tim Adamo. Her research interests are QFTs in strong background fields, with a dash of integrability and twistor theory!
 
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.
 
Jørgen Musaeus
Jørgen Musaeus
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: Jelle Hartong
Jørgen grew up in Denmark, where he received his MSc at the Niels Bohr Institute studying 2+1 dimensional non-relativistic gravity under the supervision of Niels Obers and Gerben Oling. Jørgen is now a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Jelle Hartong. His research is currently focused on applying a recently developed theory of non-relativistic gravity to attain a covariant formulation of the post-Newtonian approximation of general relativity.
 
Sergei Ovchinnikov
Sergei Ovchinnikov
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: James Lucietti
Sergei was born in Moscow, Russia. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physics (2016) and, later, his second Master’s degree (2019) at faculty of physics of Lomonosov Moscow State University. His first Master’s degree comes from Part III Mathematics (2018) at the University of Cambridge. In 2018-2019 Sergei was one of the co-lecturers in “Basic structures of differential geometry for physicists” at Lomonosov MSU. Since September 2019 Sergei is working under the supervision of Professor Lucietti. His current research interests lie in the field of higher dimensional black holes and theories of supergravity.
 
Dominik Rist
Dominik Rist
Heriot-Watt University
Supervisor: Christian Sämann
Dominik is from Bratislava, Slovakia. He received his Bc. in Physics from Comenius University in Bratislava. He then obtained his MSc in Gravity, Particles, and Fields at the University of Nottingham. In his dissertation, supervised by John Barrett, Dominik investigated the construction of fuzzy complex projective spaces in the spectral triple approach to noncommutative geometry. He is now a student at Heriot-Watt University supervised by Christian Sämann. His research includes looking for classical structures of the (2,0)-theory using the tools of higher gauge theory.
 
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.
 
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.
 
benjamin strittmatter
Benjamin Strittmatter
University of Edinburgh
Supervisor: Joan Simón
Benjamin grew up in Baden in the south of Germany. He was educated in physics at ETH Zurich and in mathematics at the University of Geneva, holding MSc degrees in both disciplines. Originally trained in black hole astrophysics, his research now evolves around quantum gravity and holography, where he is interested in addressing aspects of black hole information using methods in conformal field theory.