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School of Physics and Astronomy

Dr Rodolfo Russo


Reader in Theoretical Physics

Telephone: 020 7882 5810
Room Number: G. O. Jones Building, Room 613


I did my undergraduate studies at the universities of Pavia and Torino and my PhD in Torino. I was a postdoc at Neuchatel university, ENS in Paris and CERN before joining QMUL in 2006.


I teach two modules: "Statistical Physics" SPA6403 and "Functional methods in Quantum Field Theory" SPA7024. I also offer 3rd year, 4th year and master research projects in the areas of black hole physics, AdS/CFT and string amplitudes.

I am the programme director of the postgraduate taught programmes MSc physics and MSc Euromasters. I am coordinating the master projects modules SPA7012 and SPA7026.


Research Interests:

My current research focuses on String Theory, Quantum Field Theory and their relations. In particular I have been studying various aspects of the AdS/CFT duality, such as the derivation of holographic correlators, the analysis of the so-called BMN limit, and that of the heavy operators representing the microstates of supersymmetric black hole. I have been systematically finding new classes of smooth supergravity solutions dual to these microstate in the context of the Strominger-Vafa black hole.

More in general I am interested in how black hole physics can be described within a string or QFT approach, including the study of the gravitational eikonal limit as a tool to describe black hole inspiral in the post-Minkowksian approximation as well as a way to probe the high energy regime of consistent gravitational theories.

I have a longstanding interest in perturbative string theory and the mathematical structure of higher loop string diagrams.




  • Science and Technology Facilities Council: Amplitudes, string theory and duality, Brandhuber, Buican, Green, Monteiro, Papageorgakis, Perry, Ramgoolam, Russo, White, £890,210 (2020-2023)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council: String theory, gauge theory and duality, Berman, Brandhuber, Buican, Papageorgakis, Ramgoolam, Russo, Shigemori, White, £710,337 (2017-2020)



The list of my publication is available here


This is not an exhaustive list and I would be happy to discuss other project possibilities.

Project Title
Black holes in String theory