Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Chair in Theoretical Physics



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Mrs Graziela De Nadai-Sowrey +44 (0)20 7594 7843




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My principal research interests are focussed on string theory, quantum field theory and black holes. Most recently I have been investigating whether string theory techniques can be used to study exotic states of matter that arise in condensed matter physics. I was Head of the Theoretical Physics Group at Imperial from 2011-2016.

I was the theoretical physics consultant for the film The Theory of Everything

I have an Erdos-Bacon number of six (having written a paper with Shing-Tung Yau and appeared in the film Windrider with Nicole Kidman).

My career in a nutshell:

  • 1986 BSc University of Western Australia 
  • 1991 PhD University of Cambridge
  • 1991-1994 University of Chicago (Postdoc)
  • 1994-1996 CALTECH (Postdoc)
  • 1996-2003 Queen Mary, University of London (Professor)
  • 2003-2004 Perimeter Institute (Visiting Professor)
  • 2003-       Imperial College (Professor)



Banks E, Donos A, Gauntlett JP, et al., Holographic thermal DC response in the hydrodynamic limit

Banks E, Donos A, Gauntlett JP, et al., Thermal backflow in CFTs

Donos A, Gauntlett JP, 2016, Minimally packed phases in holography, Journal of High Energy Physics, Vol:2016, ISSN:1126-6708

Donos A, Gauntlett JP, Griffin T, et al., 2016, DC conductivity of magnetised holographic matter, Journal of High Energy Physics, ISSN:1029-8479


Gauntlett JP, Varela O, Consistent Kaluza-Klein Reductions for General Supersymmetric AdS Solutions

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