Your lecturers

Find out more about some of the staff teaching on out MSc programmes by readong some of their profiles below. You can read more staff profiles on our main profle pages.

 

Prof David Berman

Prof David Berman

After graduating from Manchester in 1994 I completed a PhD at Durham University on M-theory. Subsequently I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the universities of Utrecht, Groningen and Jerusalem before returning to the UK as an advanced research fellow at the University of Cambridge. I came to Queen Mary in 2004 and then was made professor of theoretical physics in 2014.

During these twenty years I worked on a variety of topics around string and M-theory. This included brane dynamics, holography, black-holes and noncommutative theories. Most recently I have been involved in an ambitious programme to reformulate M-theory using new "generalised geometric variables". This often goes by the name of Exceptional Field Theory and is at the edge of our understanding of string and M-theory.

I currently teach the MSc module "String Theory", which covers both the basic ideas behind string theory and the subsequent modern developments into so called "brane" physics.

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Dr Matt Buican

Dr Matt Buican

I am interested in quantum field theory in all of its guises (conformal field theory, topological field theory, supersymmetric quantum field theory, etc.). I am particularly interested in hidden algebraic structures in quantum field theory. This work often involves constructions in string and M-theory.

I got my undergraduate degree in physics from Harvard University in 2004 and my PhD in physics from Princeton University in 2009. I was a postdoctoral researcher at CERN (2009-2012), Rutgers (2012-2015), and The University of Chicago (2015-2016) before joining the academic staff at QMUL in 2016.

I teach an MSc module "Supersymmetric Methods in Theoretical Physics" on supersymmetric quantum field theory in 0+1 and 2+1 dimensions. 

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Dr Tim Clifton

Dr Tim Clifton

I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Physics and Astronomy. I got my PhD in theoretical cosmology from the University of Cambridge in 2006, and worked at Stanford University, the University of Oxford and CERN before coming to Queen Mary University in 2012.

I currently teach the MSc module "Relativity and Gravitation". My research is in the field of relativistic cosmology, and involves exploring the cosmological solutions of Einstein's equations, investigating the effects of non-linear structures on the large-scale properties of the Universe, and in using cosmological observables to constrain theories of gravity.

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Dr Costis Papageorgakis

Dr Costis Papageorgakis

I am interested in the study of supersymmetric and superconformal theories in diverse dimensions and their connection to string/M theory. A full list of my publications can be found here:

After obtaining my PhD from QMUL in 2006, I held postdoctoral research positions at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India (2006-2009), King's College London (2009-2011) and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, USA (2011-2013). I rejoined QMUL with a Royal Society University Research Fellowship in 2013 and retain research contacts in the UK, USA, Germany, Spain and India. I am currently supervising two PhD students and teach the MSc module "Differential Geometry in Theoretical Physics", while also being the deputy chair of the School's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

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Dr Sanjaye Ramgoolam

Dr Sanjaye Ramgoolam

My research focuses on string theory, quantum field theory, and the interplay of these areas with the mathematics of algebras and representation theory.  

I completed my PhD at Yale University in 1995 under the supervision of Prof Gregory Moore. I was Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University (1995-1998). My second post-doctoral position was at Brown  where I was Assistant Professor of Research (1998-2003). I joined QMUL in 2003 and held an STFC Advanced Fellowship (2003-2008). 

I currently teach the module "Advanced Quantum Field Theory" for the MSc programme.

Further information on my research along with some recent research talks as well as popular science presentations are available on my full profile.

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Dr Rodolfo Russo

Dr Rodolfo Russo

My research interests focus on string theory, quantum field theory, black hole physics and, in particular, the relations between these different viewpoints.

I am currently the director of the MSc physics and Euromasters programmes and I teach the MSc module "Functional Methods in Quantum Field Theory". I am working with two PhD students at QMUL and have various active collaborations with research groups in France, Italy, USA, and Sweden.

I completed my PhD in Torino in 1999 and was a postdoctoral researcher in Switzerland (Neuchatel 1998-2000, CERN 2004-2005) and at the ENS, Paris in 2000-2003. I joined the Centre for Research in String Theory at the School of Physics and Astronomy at QMUL in 2006.

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Dr Chris White

Dr Chris White

I am interested in the theory of quarks and gluons, and how this applies to collider experiments such as the LHC. I am also interested in how possible new physics theories can affect the behaviour of the top quark, and how the latest data constrains this. Finally, I am interested in what the theory of quarks and gluons (Quantum Chromodynamics) might tell us about gravity. 

I completed my PhD (on high energy corrections to the structure of the proton) at the University of Cambridge in 2006. I then held postdoctoral appointments at the Dutch National Institute for Nuclear Physics and High Energy Physics (Nikhef, Amsterdam), and the University of Durham. I was a lecturer at Glasgow University from 2010-2016, before moving to QMUL. I teach the MSc module "Collider Physics". My research collaborations include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Turin and Amsterdam. 

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