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: King's 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: Imperial 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: Imperial College London

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

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: King's College London

Hi! My name is Ashwin, and I'm a student of James Newton studying various aspects of the p-adic Langlands program. When I'm not doing math you can find me playing jazz percussion.

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Lorenzo La Porta

Research interests: Both

Institution: King's 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: Imperial 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

I am interested in geometric group theory which aims to understand the properties of groups by studying the way they act on geometric and topological spaces. In particular I am interested in Coxeter groups which have close links to classical geometry. My supervisor is Dr Lars Louder, and at the moment I am looking at the accessibility of groups, which uses Bass-Serre theory to bound the complexity of group splittings as amalgamated products and HNN extensions. Outside of mathematics I spend a lot of my time doing music. I play the flute, sing, and conduct, with an emphasis on baroque and early classical music.

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Samuel Stark

Research interests: Geometry

Institution: Imperial 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: King's College London

I am a PhD student at King's College London supervised by Dr. James Newton and Dr. Ana Caraiani. I am interested in various aspects of the Langlands program and its applications to arithmetic. My research is in the (characteristic p) geometry of Shimura varieties and its applications to the Langlands programme such as level lowering congruences, functoriality and the weight-monodromy conjecture for Shimura varieties. Before coming to London, I completed a bachelor's and master's at the University of Utrecht and wrote a thesis on cohomology of moduli spaces of curves with Professor Carel Faber. Outside of mathematics I enjoy playing the cello, going to concerts and museums in London, cooking and going to the gym.

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Hanneke Wiersema

Research interests: Number Theory

Institution: King's College London

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

My mathematical interests are mainly symplectic and contact geometry and topology. I am particularly interested in Legendrian knots, symplectic fillings, and Lagrangian Cobordism problems. My supervisor is Steven Sivek at Imperial and I am based at UCL. Outside of math I enjoy reading, exploring, and fostering dogs.