Marika Taylor studied for a PhD at Cambridge under the supervision of Stephen Hawking. After postdoctoral research in Cambridge and Utrecht, she became a staff member at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam. She moved to the University of Southampton in 2012, as part of the Southampton Theory Astronomy and Gravity (STAG) initiative. She is currently head of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Southampton.  

Research interests

Marika Taylor works on a range of topics in mathematical physics, including quantum field theory, string theory, holography, black holes and quantum information. Holography is a relationship between gravitational theories (geometry and topology) and quantum theories in one less dimension. In recent years, holography has led of very deep connections between hitherto distinct areas of science. For example, the quantum properties of black holes link together geometry, machine learning and quantum error correction; one of the goals of this Turing fellowship will be to build links between the mathematical physics community and those working on machine learning. The mathematical modelling that arises in statistical physics also has many unexploited applications to real world problems. The interdisciplinary environment of Turing will be ideal for developing connections to important problems such as the mathematical modelling of migration. 

Achievements and awards

Elected to DJA, Dutch Royal Society, 2009.

Minerva prize of Dutch Physics Research Council, FOM, 2009.

Leader of CERN Gen-HET working group.