I am currently a Reader in Theoretical Physics at Queen Mary College, University of London. After completing a MPhys. from Manchester and the premier licence at the the Universite Libre de Brussels, I obtained a PhD. from Durham (with a years sejourn at CERN) after which I completed post-doctoral work in Utrecht, Groningen, Jerusalem and Cambridge (I am a member of Clare Hall College). For five years (2002-2007) I was an EPSRC advanced fellow working on the project "Aspects of M-theory Interactions".
My main research interests are in M-theory, the nonperturbative version of string theory. The extended objects in M-theory are membranes and five-branes. They are related to strings and D-branes in string theory via dimensional reduction. Over the last few years my research has been devoted to understanding the interactions of these branes. Mainly this is through the studying how membranes end on fivebranes.
My other interests over the years have been varied and include: Holography and the AdS/CFT coresspondence; noncommutative geometry; and S-duality in gauge theories. Recently I have been interested in backgrounds to string theory that are intrinsically stringy in origin and not just solutions to supergravity; these go by the name of T-folds.
A full publications list is available from SLAC-SPIRES.
I currently teach Electric and Magnetic Fields for 1st year undergraduates. I also teach a course on Branes and M-theory for postgraduate students in the London area and the third year course Spacetime and Gravity.
If are interested in being a PhD student at Queen Mary in the research areas described above then please feel free to send me an email. The official form with additional information is available here.
I am organiser of the Isaac Netwon Institute 6 month programme in 2012 "Mathematics and Applications of Branes in String and M-theory".
I was director of the Queen Mary hosted workshop on M-theory and its applications in 2006. This workshop explored new emerging ideas in M-theory.
I am joint organiser of the annual UK meeting on fundamental physics. The website for the 2009 meeting can be found here.