School of Physics and Astronomy

MSc: Academic staff

Prof David BermanProf 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. 

My papers are all available online.

I currently teach an MSc module: An Introduction to Strings and Branes


Dr Matt BuicanDr 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 MSci/MSc module, Supersymmetric Methods in Theoretical Physics, on supersymmetric quantum field theory in 0+1 and 2+1 dimensions. I am working with three PhD students at QMUL. 

A complete list of my publications can be found online.

I currently teach an MSc module: Supersymmetric Methods in Theoretical Physics

Dr Tim CliftonDr 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 Quantum Mechanics in the second year of the undergraduate Physics programmes, and Relativity and Gravitation in the fourth year. 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.

I currently teach an MSc module: Relativity and Gravitation


Dr Costis PapageorgakisDr 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 online.

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 re-joined 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 I'm the deputy chair of the School's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee.

I currently teach an MSc module: Differential Geometry in Theoretical Physics

Dr Sanjaye Ramgoolam

My research focuses on string theory, quantum field theory, and in particular the interplay of these areas of theoretical physics with the mathematics of algebras and representation theory. A complete list of my publications can be found online.

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

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 an MSc module: Advanced Quantum Field Theory

Dr Rodolfo Russo

My research focuses on String Theory, Quantum Field Theory, Black hole Physics and, in particular, the relations between these different viewpoints.

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.

I am currently the director of the MSc Physics and Euromasters Programmes and I am working with two PhD students at QMUL and have various active collaborations with research groups in France, Italy, USA, and Sweden.

A complete list of my publications can be found online.

I currently teach an MSc module: Functional Methods in Quantum Field Theory

Prof Gabriele Travaglini

Over the past years I have been studying scattering amplitudes in gauge theory and gravity, particularly their secret structures and symmetries. I have been working in this rapidly evolving area since its inception in 2004, contributing to a number of key developments, including: the application of MHV diagrams to loop amplitudes in gauge theory, recursion relations for tree-level amplitudes in General Relativity, the correspondence between amplitudes in N=4 super Yang-Mills and light-like Wilson loops at weak coupling, the proof of dual superconformal covariance of the tree-level S-matrix of N=4 super Yang-Mills.

I completed an MSc degree at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, and a PhD in Theoretical Physics in the String Theory group at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”. In parallel I studied music, obtaining a Diploma in Piano and one in Organ and Organ Composition. I was a postdoctoral fellow in Rome (INFN), Durham and at Queen Mary, where I held an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (2005-2010). I was made a Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2012. In 2016 I was awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for my research on scattering amplitudes. I am also the Scientific Coordinator of the Innovative Training Network of the European Commission SAGEX (Scattering Amplitudes: from Geometry to Experiment).

I currently teach an MSc module: Relativistic Waves and Quantum Fields

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 (QCD) might tell us about gravity. A full list of my publications can be found online.

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. My research collaborations include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Turin and Amsterdam. 

I currently teach an MSc module: Collider Physics