An EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Geometry and Number Theory

LSGNT

London School of Geometry & Number Theory

2015 Cohort

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Laura Guthrie

Research interests: Both

Institution: University College London

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I am interested in geometry, algebra and topology, but chose to study at LSGNT as it would enable me to see a wide range of potential research topics before specialising. I completed my MSci at UCL under the supervision of Professor F.E.A Johnson, and entered the world of work for a year before returning to academia and joining the LSGNT. When I am not doing maths I enjoy listening to music and attending gigs. I am originally from London and so enjoy spending time with my family and friends when I can.

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Fabio Bernasconi

Research interests: Both

Institution: Imperial College London

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I am interested in algebraic and complex geometry. Last year I focused on K3 surfaces with an eye towards hyperbolicity problems. During this year I would like to study some birational geometry and moduli problems. I studied in Pavia and then I moved to Paris for my Master's degree. Outside of maths, I enjoy reading novels, going for long runs in Hyde Park and cooking. Most of all, I love hiking with friends.

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Dougal Davis

Research interests: Both

Institution: King's College London

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Although I like to know a little bit about everything, my main interest is in algebraic geometry, in both its geometric and arithmetic flavours. I am especially interested in applications of abstract homotopy theory and "derived" things, such as infinity-categories, derived categories, and derived algebraic geometry, to problems in classical algebraic geometry, such as deformation theory and virtual intersection theory. When I am not doing mathematics, I enjoy singing choral music, jazz, and songs from opera and musical theatre, and reading fantasy and science fiction.

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Kristina Kubiliūtė

Research interests: Both

Institution: King's College London

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I have been interested in algebraic geometry for 3 years now. I’ve done very little with it so far: a dissertation “Local Inequalities in Algebraic Geometry” supervised by Vanya Cheltsov in Edinburgh and an essay “Classifying Surfaces in P^1 x P^1 x P^1” supervised by John C. Ottem in Cambridge. I find algebraic geometry difficult to learn, but very beautiful. In my free time I like to travel, go to parks, art museums and concerts.

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Mirko Mauri

Research interests: Both

Institution: University College London

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My interests mainly lie in complex and algebraic geometry. The first time I got involved in the subject I was student in Milan: I was honestly fascinated by the classification of complex projective algebraic surfaces lectured by Prof. Antonio Lanteri. In order to cultivate that interest, I moved to Université Paris-Sud d’Orsay, where I took my master's degree under the direction of Prof. Sébastien Boucksom. Inspired by these experiences, I have recently joined the LSGNT program. Before leaving Italy, I was member of a theatre company and I attended an atelier of painting and drawing.

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Andrea Tirelli

Research interests: Geometry

Institution: Imperial College London

I come from Italy and I obtained my BSc and MSc at the University of Pavia. My interests lie on the boundary between Algebraic Geometry, Geometric Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics. More specifically, I like thinking about Nakajima quiver varieties, symplectic resolutions and symplectic duality. My supervisors are Dr Travis Schedler (Imperial College) and Professor Amihay Hanany (Imperial College). Outside Mathematics, I like swimming, cycling around London and travelling around the world to discover new places and cultures.

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Misja Steinmetz

Research interests: Number Theory

Institution: King's College London

I am an algebraic number theorist doing PhD under the supervision of Prof. Fred Diamond (mainly) and Prof. Kevin Buzzard. These days I mostly think about problems related to generalisations of Serre's modularity conjecture. When I am not doing maths, I collect (old and new) house and disco records and I often play football in the park with friends in the weekends.

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Yuchin Sun

Research interests: Both

Institution: Imperial College London

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I'm Yuchin Sun(孫有慶). I'm from Taiwan and obtained my master degree at National Taiwan University. My interests lie in differential geometry and geometric analysis. Minimal surface, min-max theory and Willmore related problems in particular. I'm currently looking forward to broadening my knowledge with courses in algebraic geometry. Outside of Mathematics, I love pole dancing and movies made by Andre Tarkovsky.

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Yang Li

Research interests: Both

Institution: Imperial College London

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My primary interest lies in differential geometry, with an analytic viewpoint. Topics I find fascinating include complex Kaehler geometry, gauge theory and special holonomy. As you can guess, I like to see problems tackled using a combination of anlytical, topological and complex algebro-geometric methods. Outside of maths I also enjoy history, philosophy, caligraphy and listenning to classical music. I play Badminton at a very casual level.

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Ben Heuer

Research interests: Both

Institution: King's College London

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I am interested in Number Theory, although at the moment I spend most of my time catching up on Geometry. Before, I have studied in Heidelberg, where I fell in love with Algebraic Number Theory, and then did Part III in Cambridge. I hope I still learn about a lot of different arithmetic topics, but I might end up doing something on the Langlands program. Who knows! Apart from Number Theory, I also enjoy programming, singing, and playing the piano.

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Damián Gvirtz

Research interests: Both

Institution: Imperial College London

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During my studies in Heidelberg and Cambridge, I mostly learnt algebraic geometry (from schemes to stacks) but always with a definitely arithmetic motivation in mind. I have been fascinated by how deep the mysterious analogy between function and number fields goes and this affirmed my belief that geometric methods can be incredibly use- and beautiful for number theoretic questions. In my free time, I enjoy ancient cultures, linguistics, art history, homemade pizza, as well as going to concerts and museums (especially a certain one at WC1B 3DG) very frequently.

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Sam Porritt

Research interests: Both

Institution: University College London

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I'm interested in problems in analytic number theory. I also enjoy reading about the philosophy and history of maths. I was born and went to school in West Yorkshire and then went to Oxford to do an MMath before moving to London to join the LSGNT. I like listening to music (all sorts), travelling to new places, skiing and going on the occasional bike ride.

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Tibor Backhausz

Research interests: Both

Institution: University College London

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I have completed my undergraduate degree at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and the next year I did Part III in Cambridge. My bachelor's thesis, supervised by Gergely Zábrádi, was on the issues motivating the definition of admissible p-adic representations. I have also dabbled in research as an undergraduate, producing a paper on the division fields of elliptic curves (with a certain application to Iwasawa theory in mind), and working with my supervisor on a paper about the algebraic side of non-commutative Iwasawa theory. I am mainly interested in the applications of p-adic algebra, analysis and geometry to algebraic number theory. In particular, the p-adic Langlands programme seems attractive to me. I enjoy classical music, board games and travel.

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Andrea Dotto

Research interests: Both

Institution: Imperial College London

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My interests are multifaceted enough that you could argue I don't really know what I'm doing, but don't tell anyone or they might get angry. I grew up in Italy and went to university at Imperial and Cambridge before joining the LSGNT, with a bachelor thesis on the Lubin-Tate approach to local class field theory. I started studying algebraic geometry from an arithmetic perspective, and developed an independent interest in the subject. More recently, I spent some time on questions of representation theory.

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Enrica Mazzon

Research interests: Both

Institution: Imperial College London

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I’m originally from Italy and I completed my undergraduate degree in Turin: I wrote a dissertation on CW complexes supervised by Cinzia Casagrande. Attracted to French culture, I moved to Paris where I discovered the world of Number Theory. I studied under the direction of Guy Henniart for my master thesis, mainly in the area of Representation Theory. At present I’m attending the LSGNT and I hope to fully enjoy this opportunity. I have a stronger background in Number Theory, but I’m open-minded. In my free time I really like cooking cakes!

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Emily Maw

Research interests: Geometry

Institution: University College London

I am interested in symplectic topology, particularly questions about Lagrangian submanifolds. My supervisor is Jonny Evans, and my first year projects were on Lagrangian tori and calibrated submanifolds of non-compact G_2 manifolds. I come from Oxford, and studied in Cambridge and Bath before joining the LSGNT last year. Apart from maths, I enjoy playing the piano and trumpet, singing with the Michael Singers, and exploring the great outdoors!