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)



Donos A, Gauntlett JP, Rosen C, et al., Boomerang RG flows in M-theory with intermediate scaling

Banks E, Donos A, Gauntlett JP, et al., 2017, Holographic thermal DC response in the hydrodynamic limit, Classical and Quantum Gravity, Vol:34, ISSN:0264-9381

Banks E, Donos A, Gauntlett JP, et al., 2017, Thermal backflow in CFTs, Physical Review D, Vol:95, ISSN:2470-0010

Donos A, Gauntlett JP, Griffin T, et al., 2017, Holographic DC conductivity and Onsager relations, 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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