Our PhD students

Our PhD students

Yunxi Jiang

Yunxi Jiang obtained her BSc degree in Applied Mathematics from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). She started her Ph.D. in December 2021. Yunxi’s current research focuses on topological spintronics, especially the dynamics of Magnetic Skyrmions, a topological spin texture that is promising to be the carrier for the next generation of information technology.

Email: Yunxi.Jiang17@student.xjtlu.edu.cn

Abhinav Varma

Abhinav Varma completed his BSc in Physics with Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London, and completed his MSc in Physics at University College London with a first-class distinction. He has carried out research projects at both the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, and the Bose Institute. Abhinav started his PhD in December 2021 with Assoc. Prof. Niels Gresnigt. He is predominantly looking at phenomenological aspects of beyond Standard Model theories based on Clifford and Jordan algebras.

Email: Abhinav.Varma21@student.xjtlu.edu.cn

Francesco Flammini Dotti

Francesco obtained his undergraduate degree in physics from Università Tor Vergata and his masters degree in astronomy from University of Padua, both in Italy. His current research focuses on the long-time dynamical evolution of the planetary system in star clusters, and on how such environments affect the orbital architecture of planetary systems.

Email: Flammini.Francesco@xjtlu.edu.cn

Xiuming Xu

After obtaining his degree in material science from Pennsylvania State University in 2017, Xiuming started his PhD studies at XJTLU. Xiuming’s research focuses on the dynamical evolution of supermassive black hole systems and their relation to gravitational-wave detections.

Email: Xiuming.Xu@xjtlu.edu.cn

Kai Wu

Kai is a graduate of the Department of Physics at Nankai University, with a strong interest in computational astrophysics. The objective of Kai’s PhD research is to numerically investigate the dynamics of planetary systems and their debris structures in dense stellar environments in and beyond the Milky Way galaxy.

Email: Kai.Wu19@student.xjtlu.edu.cn

Xueqi Yao

Xueqi received her BSc degree in Applied Mathematics from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Her main research interest is mathematical physics. In the autumn of 2020 she started her PhD research project on condensation phenomena in out-of-equilibrium systems at the Department of Physics at XJTLU.

Email: Xueqi.Yao20@student.xjtlu.edu.cn

Liam Gourlay

Liam obtained his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in physics from the University of Oxford. He started his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Niels Gresnigt in June 2021. His current research focuses on the applications of division and Clifford algebras to (beyond) Standard Model physics.

Email: Liam.Gourlay20@student.xjtlu.edu.cn

Shujun He

Shujun completed his BSc in Materials Science and Engineering at China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) and his MSc by Research at Cranfield University, UK. Shujun joined XJTLU in 2022 for his PhD studies and his current research focuses on the construction and performance of electrode-electrolyte interfaces for high-voltage lithium metal batteries, which will open up new possibilities for next-generation energy storage devices.

Email: Shujun.He22@student.xjtlu.edu.cn

Hao Yang

Hao Yang completed his BSc in Applied Mathematics at XJTLU, and his MSc with Distinction in Quantum Fields and Fundamental Forces at Imperial College London. He started his PhD studies under the supervision of Dr. Arthur Moares in March 2024. His research focuses on Multiple Parton Interactions at the LHC.

Yifan Wang

After obtaining his undergraduate degree in applied mathematics from Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Yifan embarked on his quest for a Ph.D. in December 2023. His primary research interest lies in astronomical spectroscopy, an instrumental technique capable of mining data, including stellar motion, chemical composition, and temperature, with unparalleled precision. This research yields stellar statistic that holds substantial potential to propel the exploration and comprehension of cluster evolution to new frontiers.

Tron Du

Tron obtained his joint master degree in theoretical physics from the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit. His research focuses on the dynamical evolution of solar-like planetary systems in different star cluster environment by using simulation. He is also interested in the theoretical framework of star clusters and planetary systems.

Email: trondu.physics@gmail.com

Bissekenov Abylay

Bissekenov Abylay is the holder of a Master’s degree in Science of Physics from Nazarbayev University and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Aktobe Regional State University named after K. Zhubanov (nowadays Herriot-Watt and Zhubanov University). He started his PhD at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in March of 2024. He specializes in N-body simulations of star clusters and applications of machine learning in astrophysics.