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Promotions and new appointments

Congratulations to Dr Matthew Fayers, Dr Karim Malik and Dr Juan Valiente-Kroon on their promotions to reader / senior lecturer positions.

We look forward to welcoming Professor Yan Fyodorov, Dr Konstantin Ardakov, Dr Adrian Baule, Dr David Ellis and Dr Behrang Noohi to the School of Mathematical Sciences over the next month.

Prof. Yan Fyodorov, Professor of Applied Probability and Mathematical Physics

Yan received his Doctor of Science degree in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics from St Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in 1994 and his Habilitation degree from University of Essen in 1998.  He started his career as a researcher in St Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute in 1988, moving to the University of Essen in 1994 first as a research associate and then becoming Privatdozent. From 2000 until 2005 Yan held a chair at Brunel University, moving to the University of Nottingham in 2005 to take up a chair in Mathematical Physics (Complex and Disordered Systems) .  Yan also held visiting positions in the Weizmann Institute, the University of Cologne, Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences and Ecole Normale Superieure. His research interests are mainly centred on applications of random matrix theory to mathematical and theoretical physics of disordered systems, both classical and quantum. His recent work explores statistical properties of random landscapes and the extreme value statistics of strongly correlated random fields (fractional Brownian motion, 1/f noise, branching random walks). He is regarded as a world leading expert on random matrix theory and its applications and on supermatrix nonlinear sigma models.  Yan has been a recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including the prestigious F.W. Bessel research award in 2006.

Dr Konstantin Ardakov, Reader in Pure Mathematics

Konstantin received his PhD degree in Mathematics from Christ’s College, University of Cambridge in 2004.  He stayed at Christ’s College for two more years as Sir Robert and Lady Clayton Junior Research Fellow. Following this he moved to Sheffield as a research associate in the Department of Pure Mathematics. From 2007 until 2011 Konstantin worked in the Department of Mathematics of University of Nottingham, first as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and then as a lecturer. Konstantin’s research interests lie in non-commutative algebra. He works on p-adic representation theory and is regarded as a world authority on Iwasawa algebras.

Dr Adrian Baule, Lecturer in Applied Mathematics/Financial Mathematics

Adrian received his PhD in Physics from the University of Leeds in 2008. From 2008 until 2010 he was postdoctoral researcher at The Rockefeller University, New York, working with Boltzmann medalist Eddie Cohen. After a brief stay at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard School of Public Health, he was appointed as a distinguished postdoctoral fellow (Levich Fellow) at the Benjamin Levich Institute, The City College of New York, in 2010. Adrian works on the foundations of non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, in particular  fluctuation theorems and large deviation theory, as well as on stochastic models of nonequilibrium transport processes. His is also interested in applications of stochastic processes in financial mathematics.

Dr David Ellis, Lecturer in Pure Mathematics

David received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge in 2010. From 2009 to 2011, he was Junior Research Fellow in Pure Mathematics at St John’s College, Cambridge. From September 2009 until February 2010 David spent time at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, UCLA, Los Angeles, first as a full time participant of the  Programme `Combinatorics: Methods and Applications in Mathematics and Computer Science’ and then as a visiting researcher there. David works on a variety of problems in combinatorics, and on the interface between combinatorics and algebra. In addition to combinatorial and probabilistic techniques he uses Fourier analysis and representation theory in his research.

Dr Behrang Noohi, Lecturer in Pure Mathematics

Behrang received his PhD degree in Mathematics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000. He advanced his career first as a post-doctoral researcher in Canada, at the University of British Columbia and University of Western Ontario, and then as faculty member at Florida State University. From 2008 until 2011 he was a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at King’s College London.  Behrang also held visiting positions at Max-Plank Institute in Bonn, I.H.E.S. in Paris and M.S.R.I. in Berkeley. His research interests are in algebraic geometry, category theory and homotopy theory, with work on topological stacks, 2-groups and higher principal bundles. Behrang was awarded Gold (1990) and Silver (1991) medals in the International Mathematical Olympiads.