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: Geometry

Institution: Imperial College London

I am PhD student in algebraic geometry (pure maths) at Imperial College London and part of the London School of Geometry and Number Theory. My supervisors are Johannes Nicaise and Paolo Cascini. My current research is focused on the interplay between the birational geometry and the theory of Berkovich spaces. I am very interested in the applications of non-archimedean, logarithmic and tropical techniques to the study of degenerations of varieties and the geometry of dual intersection complexes.

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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!