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Professor Mathew Bullimore

Professor, Mathematical & Theoretical Particle Physics

Professor, Mathematical & Theoretical Particle Physics in the Department of Mathematical Sciences+44 (0) 191 33 44162
PhD Admissions Officer - Maths in the Department of Physics+44 (0) 191 33 44162
Professor, Mathematical & Theoretical Particle Physics in the Centre for Particle Theory+44 (0) 191 33 44162


I completed my PhD at the University of Oxford in 2012 and held postdoctoral appointments at Institute for Advanced Study, Perimeter Institute, and University of Oxford. I was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences in 2017, becoming Associate Professor in 2020 and Professor in 2023.

My research focusses on categorical symmetry: a vast expansion of the notion of symmetry in quantum systems. I lead a team of researchers as an EPSRC Fellow and PI in the Simons Collaboration on Global Categorical Symmetry. I am also an organiser of the Symmetry Seminar, an online seminar series on categorical symmetry.

I am PhD admissions officer for the Mathematical and Theoretical Particles Physics group in the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Further information about PhD applications can be found here.

Research interests

  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Supersymmetry
  • String Theory

Esteem Indicators

  • 2000: Conference Organisation: 'Novel Vistas on Vortices' (SCGP, 2019) 
  • 2000: International Summer Schools: Invited lecturer at 'Vortex Moduli' (ICTP, 2021), 'Quantum Fields, Geometry and Representation Theory' (ICTP, 2021), 'QFT for Mathematicians' (Perimeter Institute, 2019). 
  • 2000: Committee Duties: Member of EPSRC peer-review college.
  • 2000: Membership of Professional Body: Member of London Mathematical Society
  • 2000: International Collaboration: PI in 'Simons Collaboration on Global Categorical Symmetries' (2021 - 2025).


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