An EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre in Geometry and Number Theory

LSGNT

London School of Geometry & Number Theory

2017 Cohort

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Benjamin Aslan

Research interests: Geometry

Institution: University College London

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My main area of interest is differential geometry, particularly Riemannian geometry. I wrote my thesis under the supervision of Prof Victor Pidstrygach on deformations of associative submanifolds of S7. Before coming to the LSGNT, I studied in Göttingen and one semester in Madrid. Outside of mathematics, I like playing chess, reading, hiking, gardening and exploring London.

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Petru Constantinescu

Research interests: Number Theory

Institution: University College London

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I am mainly interested in (analytic) number theory and combinatorics, in particular additive combinatorics. I come from Romania and completed my undergraduate degree at Imperial and my Master's in Cambridge. I did my Part III essay on the polynomial method. Apart from mathematics, I enjoy literature, playing the piano, listening to classical music, hiking and football.

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Bradley Doyle

Research interests: Geometry

Institution: University College London

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I'm interested in Geometry especially the connections between geometry and algebra. I enjoy studying both geometrical objects using algebra (algebraic geometry) and putting geometry on algebraic objects, an example of this is Hochschild (co)homology, I did a project on this during my undergraduate at Imperial College. Apart from mathematics I enjoy reading sci-fi and fantasy and watching movies, especially sci-fi and superhero ones.

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Omri Faraggi

Research interests: Both

Institution: University College London

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Over the past two years my main mathematical interest has oscillated between geometry and number theory. Currently it lies in number theory, specifically elliptic curves. Last year it was firmly in the realms of algebraic geometry, where I wrote my master's essay about using the methods of tropical geometry to count curves. Outside of maths, I spend most of my time thinking about food and films and occasionally books as well.

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Johannes Girsch

Research interests: Both

Institution: University College London

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I am mainly interested in algebraic number theory, but during my first year in the LSGNT I would like to learn more about algebraic geometry, especially arithmetic geometry. Before coming to London I studied in Vienna where I wrote my master's thesis on arithmetic groups under the supervision of Prof. Schwermer. Outside of mathematics I like to go hiking and cycling and enjoy watching movies.

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Andrew Graham

Research interests: Both

Institution: University College London

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I am interested in both number theory and (algebraic) geometry although recently I have been interested in Euler systems and their connection to modular forms and Iwasawa theory. Before joining the LSGNT I studied at King's College London and then went to Cambridge for part III. When I'm not thinking about maths, I enjoy spending time with friends and family and exploring new areas of London.

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Matthew Habermann

Research interests: Geometry

Institution: University College London

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My background is in differential geometry and geometric analysis, although these days I find myself being more and more interested in algebraic geometry. Before coming to London I studied at the University of Queensland, and was fortunate enough to spend a year in Munich as part of an exchange programme. Outside of maths I enjoy travelling, linguistics, hiking, and gymnastics.

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Ashwin Iyengar

Research interests: Number Theory

Institution: University College London

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I'm from Pittsburgh originally, and studied at Berkeley and Paris 13 before coming to London. I did a master's thesis on Arakelov intersection theory, but now I'm trying to start focusing more on things that algebraic number theorists do in London, i.e. p-adic whats-its, and potentially the Langlands program. I really like cooking South Indian food, and am always trying to get better at latin percussion and jazz drums.

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Lorenzo La Porta

Research interests: Both

Institution: University College London

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I am interested in both Number Theory, particularly the algebraic and geometric aspects of it, and Algebraic Geometry. Before becoming a student at the LSGNT I studied in Padova, where I discussed my master’s thesis on the geometric aspects of p-adic modular forms. I have also spent six months in Paris, where I studied at the UPMC – Paris VI, within the framework of an Erasmus+ exchange program.

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Sarah Nowell

Research interests: Number Theory

Institution: University College London

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My main area of interest is algebraic number theory. Before joining LSGNT I studied my undergraduate at the University of Warwick where I looked at torsion of elliptic curves for my masters dissertation. Outside of maths I enjoy oil painting, baking, and exploring galleries, museums and cafes in London.

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Daniel Platt

Research interests: Geometry

Institution: University College London

Mathematically, I am interested in using methods from Lie theory to answer questions about G-structures. For my master's degree in Germany I looked at conformal Cartan geometry, and while in London I hope to learn more about special holonomy. Outside of university, I like working for mathematical enrichment programs and enjoy cooking, board games and spending time with my family.

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David Sheard

Research interests: Geometry

Institution: University College London

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I am interested in the study of Coxeter groups, or groups generated by reflections which act discretely. There is a very pleasing interplay between the algebra, and the geometry; in particular the algebraic group structure is encoded into the geometry which is a powerful tool in studying their combinatorial properties. I studied my undergraduate at Durham where I was supervised by Dr. Pavel Tumarkin. Outside of mathematics I spend a lot of my time doing music. I play the flute and sing, with a special emphasis on baroque and early classical music.

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Samuel Stark

Research interests: Geometry

Institution: University College London

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I am chiefly interested in the cohomological approach to complex algebraic geometry; of particular interest are derived categories of coherent sheaves and their relation to Hodge theory and moduli theory. Apart from algebraic geometry, I also appreciate its neighbouring fields, most notably complex geometry (via GAGA), homological algebra, and symplectic geometry (via mirror symmetry). I received my master's degree from ETH Zürich, where my interest in derived categories was encouraged by R. Pandharipande.

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Pol van Hoften

Research interests: Both

Institution: University College London

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My main area of interest is algebraic geometry, both its arithmetic and geometric aspects. Furthermore, I really enjoy learning technical aspects of schemes, I am currently learning about Picard schemes. Before coming to London, I studied at the University of Utrecht where I wrote my master's thesis on the cohomology of moduli spaces of pointed curves, supervised by Prof. Carel Faber. Outside of mathematics, I enjoy music, cooking and going to the gym.

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Hanneke Wiersema

Research interests: Number Theory

Institution: University College London

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My main interest lies in algebraic number theory. I completed my bachelor and master's degree in Amsterdam, spending a year of my master's studying in Hamburg. Outside of maths, I enjoy making music, playing football and reading.

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Angela Wu

Research interests: Geometry

Institution: University College London

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My main mathematical interests lie in differential geometry. Before coming to the LSGNT, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, where I worked on problems in Riemannian geometry under the supervision of Professor Regina Rotman. We focused on problems finding bounds of geodesics on Riemannian two-spheres, and spent a lot of time drawing pictures at each other. I also enjoy learning about math education and sometimes, clandestinely, I'll read an article on set theory. Other things I love include reading books that make me cry, wandering aimlessly through the woods, and puppies.