The above cartoonized image was professionally drawn by Nitrozac from a photo taken in the mid-2000s. I have a few more grey hairs now.

- Full Professor, University of Toronto
- Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Theoretical Physics, UCSB, USA (1997-2000)
- Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Physics, Princeton University, USA (1994-1997)
- Ph.D. in physics, Stanford University, USA (1994)
- B.Sc.(Hons) in physics, University of Canterbury, Aotearoa/New Zealand (1990)

- Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, Harvard University (2003)
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship (2002)
- Ontario Premier's Research Excellence Award (2001)
- Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Scholar, Cosmology and Gravity Program (2000-6)

My intellectual home base since 2000 is the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto. I am also cross-appointed (status-only) in the Department of Mathematics.

The Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Canada, has counted me as an Affiliate since it began. By choice, I am a member of the Canadian Association of Physicists, the [Canadian] Institute for Particle Physics, and the American Physical Society.

My interests are centred around the following topics:-

- String theory as a theory of quantum gravity; quantum field theory.
- Applications of fundamental string theory to black holes, gauge theories, and cosmology.
- Microscopic modelling of black holes/branes using string theory methods.
- Conformal field theory (CFT) descriptions of quantum gravity.
- Mechanisms for resolution of the black hole information paradox (fuzzballs, firewalls,
ER=EPR

wormholes etc.). - Connections between emergence of spacetime geometry and quantum information theory.
- Holographic AdS/CFT dualities between large-N gauge field theories and gravitational string theories.
- Gravitational explorations in holography applied to modelling aspects of strongly coupled condensed matter systems.

Current co-workers:

- Jesse Cresswell (MSc+PhD student 2014--)
- Ian Jardine (MSc+PhD student 2012--2017)

Past co-workers:

- Zaq Carson (postdoc, 201609--201705)
- Daniel O'Keeffe (MSc+PhD student 2010-2015); moved to commercial sector.
- Maxim Emelin (MSc student 2011-12); PhD, McGill.
- Benjamin A. Burrington (postdoc 2008-2012); faculty at Hofstra University.
- Ida G. Zadeh (MSc+PhD student 2008-13); postdoc at ETH Zurich.
- Roberto di Criscienzo (MSc student 2007-8); PhD 2011 U.Trento/INFN.
- Stefano Giusto (postdoc 2006-7); faculty at INFN Padova, Italy.
- Jon Ford (MSc+PhD student 2005-9) moved to commercial sector
- Ashish Saxena (postdoc 2004-7); moved to commercial sector.
- Omid Saremi (PhD student 2002-6); moved to commercial sector.
- David C. Page (postdoc 2002-5); moved to commercial sector.
- Martin Kruczenski (postdoc 2001-3); faculty at Purdue University.
- Geoffrey Potvin (MSc+PhD student 2000-6); faculty at Clemson University.

All of my research preprints and papers have been available for free on arxiv.org since the day they were born, searchable also via inspirehep.net. Here is a selection, biased towards recent work.

*"Component twist method for higher twists in D1D5 CFT"*with Zaq Carson and Ian T. Jardine, 1704.03401 [hep-th].*"Operator mixing in deformed D1D5 CFT and the OPE on the cover"*with Benjamin A. Burrington and Ian T. Jardine, 1703.04744 [hep-th].*"Bosonization, cocycles, and the D1-D5 CFT on the covering surface"*with Benjamin A. Burrington and Ida G. Zadeh, 1509.00022 [hep-th].*"Perturbatively charged holographic disorder"*, with Daniel O'Keeffe, 1504.03288 [hep-th].*"Analyzing the squeezed state generated by a twist deformation"*, with Benjamin A. Burrington, Samir Mathur and Ida G. Zadeh, 1410.5790 [hep-th].*"Electric hyperscaling violating solutions in Einstein-Maxwell-dilaton gravity with R^2 corrections"*, with Daniel K. O'Keeffe, arxiv: 1312.2261 [hep-th].*"Operator mixing for string states in the D1-D5 orbifold CFT"*, with Benjamin A. Burrington and Ida G. Zadeh, arxiv:1211.6699 [hep-th].*"Twist-nontwist correlators in M^N/S_N orbifold CFTs"*, with Benjamin A. Burrington and Ida G. Zadeh, arxiv:1211.6689 [hep-th].*“Lifshitz-like black brane thermodynamics in higher dimensions”*, with Gaetano Bertoldi, Benjamin A. Burrington, and Ida G. Zadeh, arxiv:1101.1980 [hep-th].*“Thermal behavior of charged dilatonic black branes in AdS and UV completions of Lifshitz-like geometries”,*with Gaetano Bertoldi and Benjamin A. Burrington, arxiv:1007.1464 [hep-th].*“Thermodynamics of black branes in asymptotically Lifshitz spacetimes”*, with Gaetano Bertoldi and Benjamin A. Burrington, arxiv:0907.4755 [hep-th]*“Black Holes in asymptotically Lifshitz spacetimes with arbitrary critical exponent”*, with Gaetano Bertoldi and Benjamin A. Burrington, arxiv: 0905.3183 [hep-th]*"Reduction without reduction: Adding KK-monopoles to five dimensional stationary axisymmetric solutions"*, with J.Ford, S.Giusto and A.Saxena, hep-th/0708.3823.*"Smooth Geometries with Four Charges in Four Dimensions"*, with S.Giusto and G.Potvin and A.Saxena,hep-th/0509214.*"Folding Branes"*, with O.Saremi and L.Kofman, hep-th/0409092.*"The Enhancon and the Consistency of Excision"*, with C.V.Johnson, R.C.Myers and S.F.Ross, hep-th/0105077.*"TASI Lectures on Black Holes in String Theory"*, hep-th/0008241.*"Gauge Theory and the Excision of Repulson Singularities"*, with C.V. Johnson and J. Polchinski, hep-th/9911161.*"UV/IR Relations in AdS Dynamics"*, with J. Polchinski, hep-th/9809022.*"Entropy and Temperature of Black 3-Branes"*, with S.S. Gubser and I.R. Klebanov, hep-th/9602135.*"D-Branes and Spinning Black Holes"*, with J.C. Breckenridge, R.C. Myers and C. Vafa, hep-th/9602065.

I enjoy classroom teaching, including making connections between lecture material and research frontiers. I am committed to open access and to accommodating students with disabilities, so my courses all feature online lecture notes, and have done since I started teaching at UofT in 2000-1. Mentoring/teaching of research personnel is also a high priority. I am always on the lookout for tips for better teaching.

For the academic year 2016-17, I taught

- PMU199S
*Modern Physics for the Curious* - PHY483F/1483F
*General Relativity I* - PHY2404S
*Quantum Field Theory II*

Our Department of Physics is strongly committed to fostering an equitable and excellent atmosphere for everyone. Since arriving at the University of Toronto, I have been involved in gender equity efforts at the departmental, university, national and international level (e.g. I served on the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics for 2011-14). More recently, I have also developed an interest in equity for people with disabilities (see e.g. a 2012 Editorial I wrote for the APS CSWP/COM *Gazette*) and for gender and sexual minorities. I support the UofT Positive Space Campaign and list myself on lgbtphysicists.org Out List. Currently I also chair our departmental Diversity Committee. Inclusiveness-building alongside excellence-building is a smart strategy for any workplace, and universities are no exception.

I work to bring an appreciation of my research to a wider audience. I list myself in the UofT Blue Book of experts, and provide online archives of technical talks for researchers and outreach talks for the lay public. See e.g. slides and YouTube video for my most recent public lecture. I also keep a list of news media interviews.