CV

Positions

08/2020 -

Emmy Noether Research Group Leader, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

Emmy Noether Research group leader, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany.

09/2018 - 07/2020

Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute), Potsdam, Germany.

Postdoc, AEI Potsdam, Germany.

09/2015 - 09/2018

Postdoc, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, Germany.

Postdoc, LMU Munich, Germany.

08/2014 - 08/2015

Postdoc, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Postdoc, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Education

10/2010 - 06/2014

Ph.D. Theoretical Physics, DAMTP, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Thesis:

Duality Invariant Formulations of String and M-theory

Supervisor:

Prof. Malcolm Perry

10/2009 - 06/2010

Master of Mathematics (Part III), University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Grade:

Distinction

10/2006 - 06/2009

Bachelor of Arts, Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Grade:

1st Class Honours, graduated 4th out of 120 students in year

Awards, Grants and Fellowships

2022

Tremplin-ERC Grant (€113,000) by (ANR) French Research Foundation

2021

Principal Investigator for the Research Training Group Rethinking Quantum Field Theory by DFG (German Research Foundation)

2020

Einstein International Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant (€525,000) by Einstein Foundation Berlin

2020

Programme for Project-Related Personal Exchange (PPP) Grant (€16,500) by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

2020

Emmy Noether Research Group (€1,230,000) by DFG (German Research Foundation)

2015 - 2017

CONICET (Argentinian Research Council) Fellowship, declined to accept position at LMU Munich

2010 - 2014

Peterhouse Research Studentship, for the most promising Peterhouse PhD candidates

2010 - 2013

STFC PhD Studentship

2011

Smith-Knight and Rayleight-Knight Essay Prize

2010

Hugo de Balsham Prize for Exceptional Academic Distinction

2010

College Prize for Mathematics, for excellent exam performance

2009, 2008

Sir James Dewar Scholarship in Natural Sciences, for excellent exam performance

2009

Tait Prize in Physics, for the best final-year physics student at Peterhouse, Cambridge

2008, 2007

College Prize for Natural Sciences, for excellent exam performance

2007

College Scholarship, for excellent exam performance

Teaching and supervising experience

Research students

2021 - ongoing

Moritz Kade, PhD student; Co-supervisor (with Matthias Staudacher).

Thesis:

Exact Solution of Integrable Fishnet Models

2020 - ongoing

Michele Galli, PhD student; Main Supervisor.

Thesis:

Flux vacua in string theory

2020 - 2021

Mattia Bocchi, PhD student; Main Supervisor.

Thesis:

Flux vacua in string theory

2017 - 2021

Marc Syväri, PhD student; Co-supervisor (with Dieter Lüst).

Thesis:

Non-geometric backgrounds in exceptional field theory

2016 - 2017

Marc Syväri, Master's student; Co-supervisor (with Dieter Lüst).

Thesis:

Non-geometric fluxes from exceptional field theory

Postdocs

2022 - ongoing

Grégoire Josse, 3-year postdoc.

2022 - ongoing

Achilleas Passias, 2-year postdoc.

2021 - ongoing

Georgios Itsios, 5-year postdoc.

Lecturing experience

2020 - 2022

Introduction to String Theory, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.

07/2022 & 07/2021

Introduction to String Theory, Hamburg International Summer School on Particles, Strings & Cosmology.

09/2017

Topology and Geometry for Physicists, XIII Modave Summer School in Mathematical Physics.

2014 - 2015

Complex Geometry and Calabi-Yau Manifolds, University of Cape Town.

Teaching Assistant

2015 - 2016

Quantum Chromodynamics, LMU Munich, Master's course

2013 - 2014

Part III Quantum Field Theory, University of Cambridge, Master's course

2010 - 2011

Part III String Theory, University of Cambridge, Master's course

2010 - 2014

Part II Electrodynamics, University of Cambridge, Final year undergraduate course

2012 - 2013

Part II General Relativity, University of Cambridge, Final year undergraduate course

2010 - 2014

Part IB Mathematics for Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, Second year undergraduate course

Further Training

08/2019 - 07/2020

International Teaching Professionals Programme, Potsdam University
Participation in didactic workshops and lecturing of university course.

Conferences, seminars and schools organised

01/2023

Higher Structures, Gravity and Fields, Mainz Institute for Theoretical Physics, Germany.

09/2022

Future Prospects in Duality, Geometry and Holography, Swansea, United Kingdom.

08/2021

Integrability, Dualities and Deformations School, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

04/2020 - ongoing

Exceptional Geometry Seminar Series, Virtual Seminar Series.

12/2019

Geometry and Duality Workshop, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany.

12/2018 - 07/2020

Quantum Gravity and Unified Theories Seminar Series, Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Potsdam, Germany.

12/2014

Frontiers of the AdS/CMT Correspondence Workshop, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Referee Work

Journals

  • Referee for Physical Review Letters
  • Referee for Journal of High Energy Physics
  • Referee for Physics Letters B
  • Referee for Nuclear Physics B
  • Referee for Classical and Quantum Gravity
  • Referee for Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical
  • Referee for European Physical Journal C
  • Referee for Fortschritte der Physik - Progress of Physics
  • Referee for SciPost
  • Referee for Universe

Funding Agencies

  • Referee for FONDECYT, Chile

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