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Prof. José Miguel Figueroa-O'Farrill

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  • Personal Chair in Geometric Physics

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Research Interests

I do research in Mathematical Physics. I apply algebra and geometry to solve problems motivated by String Theory. I am fascinated by supersymmetry and its many mathematical manifestations. In the past I have also worked on conformal field theory, integrable systems and even knot theory. I enjoy applying homological methods whenever possible.

Research Groups

Current and Recent PhD Students

  1. Dr Simon Philip (PhD 2005)
  2. Dr Hannu Rajaniemi (PhD 2006)
  3. Dr Sunil Gadhia (PhD 2007)
  4. Dr George Moutsopoulos (PhD 2008)
  5. Dr Elena Méndez-Escobar (PhD 2010)
  6. Dr Patricia Ritter (PhD 2011)
  7. Dr Paul Reynolds (PhD 2012)
  8. Dr Moustafa Gharamti (PhD 2015)
  9. Dr Noel Hustler (PhD 2015)
  10. Dr Carlos Zapata-Carratalá (PhD 2019)
  11. Dr Ross Grassie (PhD 2021)
  12. Andrew Beckett
  13. Girish Vishwa
  14. Jarah Fluxman

Biographical Statement

I was born in Havana six days after JFK was shot, but my mother assures me that this was a coincidence. Five years later we moved to Madrid where I lived through la transición. At 16 I moved to the USA: this means that instead of la movida, I suffered Reaganomics. After a year or so wondering what to do with my life, I went to MIT to study Physics and Mathematics. Three years later I hit the snooze button of the alarm clock of Life and went to Stony Brook where I did a PhD in Theoretical Physics. In 1989 I started the usual series of postdocs (Leuven, Bonn, QMW) and ten years later I moved to sunny Edinburgh as a lecturer, then a reader and finally as a piece of furniture.

Education Background

  • BSc MIT 1984
  • PhD SUNY StonyBrook 1989

Previous Employment

  • 1989-91 KU Leuven
  • 1991-93 RFWU Bonn
  • 1993-99 QMW London


PhD SUNY Stony Brook (1989)

BSc MIT (1984)