Rafael Alves Batista, new "La Caixa" Junior Leader researcher at IFT Rafael Alves Batista obtained his PhD from the University of Hamburg (Germany) in 2015, after concluding his undergraduate and master studies at the State University of Campinas (Brazil). He was previously a Radboud Excellence Fellow at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), and held postdoctoral positions at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), and at the University of Oxford (United Kingdom). His primary research activities are in the fields of astroparticle physics and high-energy astrophysics, including: cosmic rays, gamma rays, and neutrinos; dark matter; cosmic magnetic fields. His secondary interests include topics in the foundations of physics and astrobiology. Dr. Alves Batista comes to IFT as a "La Caixa" Junior Leader, where he work on the project "Multimessenger Probes of the High-Energy Universe".
Sebastian Grieninger, new postdoctoral researcher at IFT Sebastian Grieninger obtained his PhD in 2020 from the Friedrich-Schiller University of Jena, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Martin Ammon. During his PhD, he was granted a Fulbright and a DAAD scholarship to visit Prof. Andreas Karch at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA) for 19 months. After his PhD, he was granted a DAAD research grant to join the group of Prof. Anton Rebhan at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria for 6 months. His research focuses on Non-equilibrium dynamics in Holography; in particular the effects of chiral anomalies and (spontaneously) broken spacetime symmetries on the transport behavior of strongly coupled field theories as well as quantum information-theoretic aspects and swampland bounds in de Sitter.
Alejandro Vilar López is visiting us Alejandro Vilar López, currently a FPU PhD student under the supervision of José Edelstein at the Instituto Galego de Física de Altas Enerxías - Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, is visiting the IFT until March 31st 2021. His main line of research focuses on holography and quantum gravity, as well as higher-curvature corrections to General Relativity. In 2016, Alejandro already visited the IFT as a JAE-Intro fellow under the supervision of Jose L. F. Barbón, and the aim of this new visit will be to understand better what the AdS/CFT correspondence can teach us about reconstructing bulk information from a boundary perspective.
Mario Flory, new postdoctoral researcher at IFT Mario Flory obtained his PhD in 2016 at the Max Planck Institute for Physics and LMU Munich, Germany, and afterwards went as a postdoc to Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. From 2017 to 2020 he was principal investigator of his own grant from the Polish National Science Centre, and visited the Perimeter Institute in Waterloo, Canada, for three months in 2018. His research focuses on the AdS/CFT correspondence and its connections to condensed matter physics (especially the physic of localised defects such as the Kondo effect) and quantum information theory (especially quantum entanglement and quantum complexity).


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