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Collaboration Postdocs

Kael Dixon (King’s College London)

Kael Dixon obtained his Ph.D. from McGill in 2016, under the supervision of Niky Kamran and Vestislav Apostolov. He has held a postdoctoral position at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His work studies toric and nearly Kähler manifolds. He joins the collaboration in September, 2017 as a research associate at King’s College London.

Guido Franchetti (Bath)


Guido Franchetti obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 2014. He has held postdoctoral positions at Heriot-Watt University, Leibniz University and the University of Turin. His research areas include gauge theory and cohomogeneity one G2 manifolds. Guido joined the collaboration in February 2021 as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Bath.

Andriy Haydys (Freiburg)


Andriy Haydys obtained his PhD from Georg-August University of Göttingen in 2006. He has held postdoctoral positions at Bielefeld University and Imperial College London. His research areas are gauge theory and manifolds with special holonomy groups. Andriy joined the collaboration in May, 2017 as a postdoctoral fellow at Freiburg University.

Fabian Lehmann (Stony Brook)


Fabian Lehmann obtained his Ph.D. from University College London in 2020, under the supervision of Mark Haskins and Jason Lotay. During his Ph.D. he has worked on cohomogeneity one Spin(7) holonomy manifolds and the deformation theory of asymptotically conical Spin(7)-metrics. He joined the collaboration in November 2020 as Research Assistant Professor at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.

Csaba Nagy (Bath)


Csaba Nagy obtained his PhD from the University of Melbourne in 2021. His research area is surgery theory and the classification of manifolds, focusing on dimension 8. He joined the collaboration in October 2020 as a research associate at the University of Bath.

Alec Payne (Duke)


Alec Payne obtained his PhD from New York University in 2021 under the supervision of Bruce Kleiner. His research focuses on geometric flows and their applications, with a particular interest in the Laplacian flow of closed G2-structures. Alec joined the collaboration in August 2021 as a Griffiths Assistant Research Professor at Duke University.

Yuuji Tanaka (Oxford)

Yuuji Tanaka obtained his Ph.D from Nagoya University in 2007. His current research interests are in the Vafa-Witten and Kapustin-Witten theories, and their interaction with gauge theory in higher dimensions such as Donaldson-Thomas theory, G2 instantons and Spin(7)-ones. Yuuji joins the collaboration in October, 2017 as a postdoctoral research assistant at the University of Oxford.

Gianluca Zoccarato (University of Pennsylvania)


Gianluca Zoccarato obtained his PhD from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in 2016. He has held postdoctoral positions at the Institute for Advanced Study at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research area is string phenomenology, in particular particle physics and cosmology models, and Higgs bundles appearing in D-branes models. He joins the collaboration in September 2020 as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.