School of Mathematical Sciences
Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I am Associate Professor in Pure Mathematics. I did my PhD at Humboldt-University Berlin, held postdoc positions at Berlin and Adelaide, and worked as a Assistant Professor at the University of Hamburg before joining the University of Adelaide.
My research lies in differential geometry, which is an area of pure mathematics that deals with curved spaces (and space-times) and has applications in mathematical physics, in particular in general relativity and string theory.
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My research lies in differential geometry where I study curved spaces (and space-times), their geometric properties, their symmetries and their relation to interesting differential equations. My research so far has focussed on Lorentzian geometry, conformal geometry and holonomy groups. Some of my research has applications in mathematical physics, in particular in general relativity and string theory.
Date Position Institution name 2020 Associate Professor University of Adelaide 2016 - 2019 Senior Lecturer in Pure Mathematics University of Adelaide 2012 - 2016 ARC Future Fellow University of Adelaide 2009 - 2012 Lecturer in Pure Mathematics University of Adelaide 2007 - 2009 Juniorprofessor University of Hamburg 2006 - 2007 Research Associate Humboldt University of Berlin 2003 - 2006 Research Associate University of Adelaide
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review Spanish; Castilian Can read, speak and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 2004 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany Doctor rerum naturalium
Year Citation 2004 Leistner, T. (2004). Holonomy and Parallel Spinors in Lorentzian Geometry. Berlin: Logos Verlag.
2012-2014: ARC Discovery Project "Holonomy groups in Lorentzian geometry"
2012-2016: ARC Future Fellowship
2019-2021: ARC Discovery Project "Symmetry and geometric partial differential equations", with Michael Eastwood (Adelaide), Jonathan Kress (UNSW), and Rod Gover (Auckland)
Applications of Quantitative Methods in Finance I
Multivariable and Complex Calculus II
Groups and Rings III
Advanced Mathematical Perspectives III
Manifolds, Lie Groups and Lie Algebras (Honours)
Differential Geometry (Honours)
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Principal Supervisor Homogeneity in Lorentzian Geometry Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Daniel Aaron Franceschinis 2019 Co-Supervisor Representations of the Exceptional Lie Algebras Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Timothy John An Hu Moy 2019 Principal Supervisor Lorentzian Symmetric Spaces Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Stuart Benjamin Teisseire 2019 Co-Supervisor Highly Symmetric Homogeneous Kobayashi-Hyberbolic Manifolds Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Elliot Herrington 2019 Principal Supervisor Geodesic completeness of compact Lorentzian manifolds Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Thomas Jack Munn 2019 Principal Supervisor Higher Order Symmetries in Lorentzian Geometry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Esteban Federico Costanza
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Theta Functions, Gauss Sums and Modular Forms Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Benjamin Terence Moore 2017 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Spaces of Holomorphic Immersions of Open Riemann Surfaces into the Complex Plane Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Miss Haripriya Sridharan 2013 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Einstein and Conformally Einstein Bi-Invariant Semi-Riemannian Metrics Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Kelli Leigh Francis-Staite
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