•  Senior staff

Jan Zaanen
Email:                                                                      Jan Zaanen holds a chair of theoretical condensed matter physics at the Institute Lorentz. His core research interests are in the subject of quantum matter.   Please find Jan’s  Scientific autobiography,  CV,  publications, google scholar and wikipedia .

Koenraad Schalm
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Koenraad Schalm studies string theory and its connections to models of particle physics and cosmology in particular. His current research is focused on the remarkable possibilities that near-future cosmological observations as well as upcoming particle-collider or condensed matter experiments can contain signatures of string theory.  Publications

  • Postdocs

David Rodriguez Fernandez
I obtained my physics master in Fundamental Physics and my 2nd in Theoretical Physics at the Complutense University of Madrid. In 2017 I finished my PhD in applied holography to strongly coupled phenomena, at the Oviedo University. My thesis was awarded with the qualification of “summa cum laude” and the extraordinary PhD award in Sciences. From  2017-2020 I was Postdoc researcher at the Julius-Maximiliens Universitaet Wuerzburg where I researched hydrodynamics. Currently, I am a Postdoc working in applied holography to condensed matter systems. My research interests include Hydrodynamics, strongly coupled systems and the AdS/CFT correspondence and superconductivity. In research, my aim is to be able to confront the theoretical predictions to experimental data.

  • PhD students

Floris Balm
My undergraduate years were spent at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout my undergrad I have done research on the BCJ duality as well as DFT/MD calculations on solid hydrogen under megabar pressures. My MPhys thesis was on the topic of Lattice QCD under Prof. Luigi Del Debbio, where I worked on exploring the Rho meson resonance using the new GRID computational framework that was Publications


Aleksandar Bukva
I did undergraduate studies at the Belgrade University. Through the collaboration with the Institute of Physics in Belgrade I did my master thesis under supervision of Milica Milovanovic on Lattice-like structures in Lowest Landau Lev (
I am interested in AdS/CFT duality from CM side, quantum phases of matter and numerical simulations of strongly correlated system.


Vladimir Ohanesjan
My interests range from quantum gravity, particle physics, strongly interacting systems and condensed matter to AI. My goal during the PhD is to better understand the nature of space, time and the dynamics of strongly entangled quantum systems, using quantum information theory and holography.


Nicolas Chagnet   
I spend my undergraduate years and my Master’s at École Normale Supérieure de Lyon. I worked on holographic models such as optical conductivities in Einstein-Maxwell-Dilaton models. My thesis was on Holographic Fermi Liquids and the transition between Fermi Liquids and Non-Fermi Liquids in holography, and some work on the role of symmetries in quantum circuits. I am interested in the Ads/CFT duality applied to the puzzles of condensed matter and to its applications to quantum gravity.

Tereza Vakhtel 
My BSc degree was with specialization in QFT applied to particle physics (the thesis in condensed matter). Upon my graduation, I enrolled at Leiden University for the Master’s program in theoretical physics. During this period, I took various courses in theoretical/experimental physics and math at different Dutch   uniiversities. My Master thesis supervisor was Prof. Koenraad Schalm, and the thesis was about thermalization in quantum many-body systems. Since September 2020, I’m a shared PhD student between Carlo Beenaker’s and Koenraad Schalm’s group. My current scientific interests are superconductivity and mesoscopic physics.

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