# Academic Staff

## Anne Taormina, PhD University of Mons-Hainaut

**Professor, Theoretical Particle Physics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences**

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43059

Room number: CM326

**Member of the Biophysical Sciences Institute**

**Professor in the Centre for Particle Theory**

Room number: CM202

(email at anne.taormina@durham.ac.uk)

### Supervises

### Research Groups

- Mathematical & Theoretical Physics
- Mathematical & Theoretical Physics: String Theory, Gravity and Cosmology

### Research Interests

- String and Conformal Field Theory
- Group Theory and Applications to Mathematical Biology

### Indicators of Esteem

- Committee Duties: Elected member of the Peer Review College EPSRC; Member of the Governing Board, School of Theoretical Physics, Dublin Institute for Advance Studies
- Conference organization: Organiser of an LMS Symposium on `New Moonshine, Mock Modular Forms and String Theory' (Durham, August 2015), of a summer workshop on `Quantum Gravity & New Moonshines' (Aspen, August 2017) and of an ESI workshop on `Moonshine' (Vienna, September 2018)
- Editorial : Editor of an IOP Volume on `New Moonshines' (2016 - 2017)
- Invitation to research centres:
ICTP (Trieste, December 2015), IHES (Bures-sur-Yvette, February 2016 and January 2017)

- National and International Collaboration: Freiburg University; Max Planck Institute Bonn, Lebedev Institute, Moscow; Brussels Free University; University of Tokyo (Bunkyo-Ku); University of York
- Plenary and invited talks:
Chennai, April 2014 (Conference on Mock Modular Forms and Physics); Waterloo, Perimeter Institute, April 2015 (Conference on Mock Modularity, Moonshine and String Theory); Nagoya, November 2016 (Conference on ‘Moonshine and K3 surfaces’); MITP Mainz, February 2017 (Workshop “Women at the Intersection of Mathematics and High Energy Physics”)

### Selected Publications

#### Journal Article

**Taormina, Anne**& Wendland, Katrin (2020). SU(2) channels the cancellation of K3 BPS states.*Journal of High Energy Physics***2020**(04): 184.**Taormina, Anne**& Wendland, Katrin (2020). The Conway Moonshine Module is a Reflected K3 Theory.*Advances in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics***24**.**Taormina, Anne**& Wendland, Katrin (2018). Not doomed to fail.*Journal of High Energy Physics***2018**(09): 062.- Banwell, Eleanor F.,
**Piette, Bernard M. A. G.**,**Taormina, Anne**& Heddle, Jonathan G. (2018). Reciprocal Nucleopeptides as the Ancestral Darwinian Self-Replicator.*Molecular Biology and Evolution***35**(2): 404-416. **Taormina, A.**& Wendland, K. (2015). A twist in the M24 moonshine story.*Confluentes Mathematici***7**(1): 83-113.- Gaberdiel, M.
**Taormina, A.**, Volpato, R. & Wendland, K. (2014). A K3 sigma model with Z_2^8:M_20 symmetry.*Journal of High Energy Physics***2014**(2): 22. **Taormina, A.**& Wendland, K. (2013). The overarching finite symmetry group of Kummer surfaces in the Mathieu group M24.*Journal of High Energy Physics***2013**(8): 125.- Eguchi, T., Sugawara, Y. &
**Taormina, A.**(2011). Modular forms and elliptic genera for ALE spaces.*Advanced Studies in Pure Mathematics***61**: 125-159. - Grayson, N.E.,
**Taormina, A.**& Twarock, R. (2009). DNA duplex cage structures with icosahedral symmetry.*Theoretical Computer Science***410**(15): 1440-1447. **Peeters, K.**&**Taormina, A.**(2009). Group theory of icosahedral virus capsid vibrations: a top-down approach.*Journal of Theoretical Biology***256**(4): 607-624.**Taormina, A.**(2009). Liouville Theory and Elliptic Genera.*Progress of Theoretical Physics Supplement***177**(Supplement 1): 203-217.- Elsawy, K.M.,
**Taormina, A.**, Twarock, R. & Vaughan, L. (2008). Dynamical implications of Viral Tiling Theory.*Journal of Theoretical Biology***252**(2): 357-369. - Peeters, K. &
**Taormina, A.**(2008). Dynamics of Icosahedral Viruses: What Does Viral Tiling Theory Teach Us?.*Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine***9**(3-4): 211-220. - Englert, F., Peeters, K. &
**Taormina, A.**(2008). Twenty-four near-instabilities of Caspar-Klug viruses.*Physical Review E***78**(3): 031908 - Eguchi, T., Sugawara, Y. &
**Taormina, A.**(2007). Liouville Field, Modular Forms and Elliptic Genera.*Journal of High Energy Physics***2007**(03): 119. - Keef, T.,
**Taormina, A.**& Twarock, R. (2006). Classification of capped tubular viral particles in the family of Papovaviridae.*Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter***18**(14): 375-387. - Keef, T.,
**Taormina, A.**& Twarock, R. (2005). Assembly models for Papovaviridae based on tiling theory.*Physical Biology***2**(3): 175-188. - Semikhatov, Alexei.,
**Taormina, Anne.**& Tipunin, Ilya. (2005). Higher-level Appell functions, modular transformations, and characters.*Communications in Mathematical Physics***255**(2): 469-512. - Englert, F., Houart, L.,
**Taormina, A.**& West, P. (2003). The symmetry of M-theories.*Journal of High Energy Physics***2003**(09): 020. **Bowcock P.**, Feigin B.L., Semikhatov A.M. &**Taormina A.**(2000). Affine sl(2/1) and affine D(2/1;alpha) as vertex operator extensions of dual affine sl(2) algebras.*Communications in Mathematical Physics***214**: 495-545.- Corrigan, Edward & Taormina, A. (2000). Reflection factors and a two-parameter family of boundary bound states in the sinh-Gordon model.
*Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical***A33**: 8739-8754. **Taormina, A.**&**Wilson, S.M.J.**(1998). Virasoro character identities and Artin L-functions.*Communications in Mathematical Physics***196**(1): 77-103.- Eguchi,T., Ooguri,H.,
**Taormina,A.**& Yang,S-K. (1989). Superconformal algebras and string compactification on manifolds with SU(n) holonomy.*Nuclear Physics B***315**: 193-221.

#### Chapter in book

- Jonoska, N.,
**Taormina, A.**& Twarock, R. (2009). DNA Cages with Icosahedral Symmetry in Bionanotechnology. In__Algorithmic Bioprocesses__. Condon, A., Harel, D. & Kok, J.N. Berlin: Springer.**Natural Computing Series, 4:**141-158.

#### Conference Paper

**Taormina, A.**& Wendland, K. (2015), Symmetry-surfing the moduli space of Kummer K3s, in Donagi, Ron, Katz, Sheldon, Klemm, Albrecht & Morrison, David R. eds, Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics**90**:__String-Math 2012__. Bonn, Germany, American Mathematical Society, Bonn, 129-154.