theoretical and mathematical physics




Riccardo Argurio

Office O.6.114
email: Riccardo.Argurio[at]

Research interests: String theory, holography, branes at singularities; Strongly coupled gauge theories, (super)symmetry and (super)symmetry breaking; Quantum field theory, renormalization and the hierarchy problem

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Glenn Barnich

Office O.6.216
email: Glenn.Barnich[at]

Research interests: Quantization methods for gauge field theories, BRST and Batalin-Vilkovisky formalism, algebraic approach to anomalies and renormalization, jet bundle description of local field theories, symmetries and conservation laws in gauge and gravitational theories, higer spin gauge fields, black holes, quantum gravity, monopoles, duality, asymptotically flat and (anti-) de Sitter spacetimes, Casimir physics

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Andrès Collinucci

Office O.6.110
email: Giulio.Collinucci[at]

Research interests: Supersymmetric gauge theories in various dimensions, F-theory, algebraic geometry

Geoffrey Compère

Office O.6.101
email: Geoffrey.Compere[at]

Research interests:

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Stéphane Detournay

Office O.6.116
email: Stephane.Detournay[at]

Research interests: Quantum gravity, horizon entropy, holography, black holes. In particular: holography for non-AdS spacetimes (e.g. flat space, Kerr black holes, cosmologies), deformations of AdS/CFT, connexion to non-conformal but possibly integrable field theories, lower dimensional gravity, asymptotic symmetries

Frank Ferrari

Office N.6.202
email: Frank.Ferrari[at]

Research interests: Quantum theory of fields, strings and gravity, in particular: quantum theory of black holes, SYK models, tensor and matrix-tensor models, Jackiw-Teitelboim gravity.

Marc Henneaux

Office N.5.105
email: Marc.Henneaux[at]

Research interests: Asymptotic symmetries, higher spin gauge files, E(10) hidden symmetry, 3D gravity, algebraic structure of gauge theories


Jeremìas Aguilera Damia

Office: O.6.211
email: Jeremias.Aguilera.Damia[at]

Research interests: Quantum Field Theory, Renormalization Group Flows, Condensed Matter Systems, Holography

Soumyadeep Chaudhuri

Office: O.6.117
email: Soumyadeep.Chaudhuri[at]

Research interests: Quantum field theory, String theory, Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics

Oscar Fuentealba

Office N.6.204
email: Oscar.Fuentealba[at]

Research interests: Asymptotic structure of the spacetime in diverse dimensions, lower dimensional (super)gravity theories, higher spin gauge fields

Romain Pascalie

Office O.6.202
email: Romain.Pascalie[at]

Research interests: Quantum field theory, SYK models, tensor and matrix models, non-linear systems

Jakob Salzer

Office O.6.204
email: Jakob.Salzer[at]

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Luigi Tizzano

Office O.6.210
email: Luigi.Tizzano[at]
Research interests: Quantum field theory and its applications to particle and condensed matter physics, as well as supersymmetry, string theory, and mathematical physics

Alejandro Vilar LĂłpez

Office O.6.203
email: Alejandro.Vilar.Lopez[at]
Research interests: Flat holography & asymptotic symmetries, quantum information in holography and QFT

Raphaela Wutte

Office O.6.117
email: Raphaela.Wutte[at]
Research interests: Asymptotic and casual structure of spacetime, positive mass theorems, 3D gravity, black holes, ADS/CFT correspondence


Ankit Aggarwal

Office N.6.101
email: Ankit.Aggarwal[at]
Supervised by Stéphane Detournay and Alejandra Castro (UvA)

Thesis: Holography for generic black holes

Adrien Druart

Office O.6.107
email: Adrien.Druart[at]
Supervised by Geoffrey Compère

Thesis: Gravitational Waveform Modelling for Large Mass Ratio Binaries

Research interests: General relativity, gravitational waves, classical black holes, self-force and radiation reaction in general relativity, extreme mass-ratio inspirals

José Fuigeroa Silva

José Pablo Figueroa Silva

Office N.6.101
email: Jose.Figueroa.Silva
Co-supervised by Stéphane Detournay (ULB - Belgium) & Julio Oliva (UdeC - Chile)

Thesis: Black hole entropy beyond AdS/CFT

Research interests: Black hole entropy, asymptotic and near-horizon symmetries, asymptotically flat spacetimes, memory effects and holography.

Dima Fontaine

Office N.6.206
email: Dima.Fontaine[at]
Supervised by Geoffrey Compère

Thesis: Signatures of strong-field gravity at the photon ring

Research interests: General relativity and black holes, relativistic astrophysics, holography

Sahaja Kanuri

Office N.6.206
email: Sahaja.Kanuri[at]
Supervised by Stéphane Detournay

Thesis: Decoding the black hole photon ring: from black hole images to fundamental physics, and back

Research interests:

Lorenzo KĂĽchler

Office N.6.203
email: Lorenzo.Kuchler[at]
Supervised by Geoffrey Compère & Thomas Hertog (KUL)

Thesis: Aspects of gravitational waves and black holes

Research interests: General relativity, gravitational waves, black holes, extreme-mass-ratio inspirals

Ludovico Machet

Office O.6.202
email: Ludovico.Machet[at] / ludovico.machet[at]
Supervised by Thomas Hertog (KULeuven) & Geoffrey Compère (ULB)

Thesis: Fundamental Physics with LISA

Research interests: Gravitational Waves, Dark Matter, Discrete Quantum Gravity, Causal Set Theory

Louan Mol

Louan Mol

Office N.6.206
email: Louan.Mol[at]

Supervised by Andrès Collinucci & co-supervised by Riccardo Argurio

Research interests: Quantum Field Theory, String Theory, Supersymmetry, Dualities, Strong Coupling, Vacuum Manifolds

Antoine Somerhausen

Antoine Somerhausen

Office N.7.204
email: Antoine.Somerhausen[at]

Supervised by Stéphane Detournay

Colin Sterckx

Office O.6.107
email: Colin.Sterckx[at]

Supervised by Riccardo Argurio

Wendi Tan

Wendi Tan

Office N.7.201
email: Wendi.Tan[at]

Supervised by Glenn Barnich

Romain Vandepopeliere

Office N.7.204
email: Romain.Vandepopeliere[at]

Quentin Vandermiers

Office N.7.205
email: Quentin.Vandermiers[at]
Supervised by Stéphane Detournay

Thesis: Black holes microscopic properties and 2-dimensional field theories

Research interests: Black holes , BH entropy, holography


Jay Armas

email: jarmas[at]

Nicolas Boulanger

Office (ULB) O.6.216
UMONS: Unit "Physics of the Universe, Fields and Gravitation"
email: Nicolas.Boulanger[at]

Research interests: Higher-spin gauge theories, quantization of gauge systems and (hidden) symmetries in gravity

Andrea Campoleoni

Office 0.6.210
email: Andrea.Campoleoni[at]
UMONS: Unit "Physics of the Universe, Fields and Gravitation"

Research interests: High-spin gauge theories, gravitational theories in three space-time dimensions, holography.

Nathalie Deruelle

Office N.7.202
email: deruelle[at]

Research interests: General Relativity, gravitational radiation, cosmology

Gaston Giribet

email: gaston[at]

Alexander Sevrin

email: Alexandre.Sevrin[at]
Head of the department of physics and astronomy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Guest professor at the Universities of Antwerp and Leuven
Deputy Director of the International Solvay Institutes

Research interests: Strategic Research Program "High-Energy Physics"


Fabienne DE NEYN

Office O.6.108
email: Fabienne.De.Neyn[at]
Tel: +32 (0)2 650 58 16

Hélène Kajianis


Office O.6.208
email: Helene.Kajianis[at]
Tel: +32 (0)2 650 55 83


Office O.6.207
email: Delphine.Vantighem[at]
Tel: +32 (0)2 650 57 77