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School of Physics and Astronomy

MSc Academic staff

Below is a selection of the academic staff who teach on our MSc programmes along with details about their individual research interests. Please note that the staffing of individual programmes is subject to change.

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. 

Complete list of publications from Dr Matt Buican.

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. 

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.

Complete list of publications from Dr Costis Papageorgakis

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

Dr Sanjaye RamgoolamDr 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. 

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). 

Complete list of publications from Dr Sanjaye Ramgoolam

I currently teach an MSc module: Advanced Quantum Field Theory

Dr Rodolfo RussoDr 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.

Complete list of publications from Dr Rodolfo Russo.

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

Professor Gabriele TravagliniProf 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