Group Leader

Andrew Daley
Andrew grew up in Auckland, New Zealand, where he completed his Masters degree in Physics in 2002. He received his PhD from the University of Innsbruck in 2005, working in the group of Peter Zoller, on simulation and manipulation of cold atoms in optical lattices. He held an assistant position at the University of Innsbruck and then a senior scientist position at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austrian Academy of Sciences until December 2010. In January 2011 he began a faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh, and in October 2013 he was appointed as a full professor at the University of Strathclyde. In his spare time he enjoys Music (including playing the trumpet and piano), theatre, travelling, and watching and participating in a variety of sports.

Office: JA 7.06 / phone: +44 141 548 4205 / e-mail: andrew.daley [at]

Postdoctoral Researchers

François Damanet
Room JA 7.04 / e-mail: francois.damanet [at]
François grew up in Namur, Belgium. He completed his Masters degree in Physics in the University of Liege in 2012, working on open quantum systems under the supervision of Prof. John Martin. He then continued his work in the group of Prof. Martin and completed his PhD in Physics in 2016, with a thesis on collective spontaneous emissions of light from cold atomic ensembles. He now joined the group of Prof. Andrew Daley to work on the interface between quantum optics and many-body physics. His research interest focus mainly on light-matter interaction and quantum transport. In his sparse time, he enjoys travelling, art in general, and especially music, playing actively piano and keyboards.

Graduate Students

Anton Buyskikh
Room JA 7.30 / e-mail: anton.buyskikh [at]
Anton was born and raised in Rybinsk, Yaroslavl region, Russia. Then he moved to St. Petersburg where he studied and graduated from the Polytechnical University and presented a master's thesis "Generation of THz radiation in semiconductor nanowires under femtosecond optical excitations". In his free time he likes active sports and reading.
Stuart Flannigan
Stuart is from Helensburgh, a small town on the river Clyde not too far from Glasgow. He began his career studying towards an electrical engineering degree before changing paths and doing his undergraduate degree in Physics at the University of Strathclyde. He completed his final year research project under the supervision of Andrew Daley and is currently working towards his PhD with the QOQMS group. In his free time he likes running, reading and the cinema.
Rosaria Lena
Room JA 7.27 / e-mail: rosaria.lena [at]
Rosaria was born and raised in Palermo, in the south of Italy. She graduated in 2015 at the University of Palermo but she spent four months at the Queen's University Belfast to work on her thesis on "Out-of-equilibrium Quantum Thermodynamics of Bose-Einstein Condensates in a Double-Well Potential", under the supervision of Gabriele De Chiara (Queen’s University Belfast) and Massimo Palma (University of Palermo). In her spare time she enjoys music, going to concerts, reading books and travelling.
Saubhik Sarkar
Room JA 7.30 / e-mail: saubhik.sarkar [at]
Saubhik is from a small town in the eastern part of India. He did his undergrad in Physics at St. Stephen's College, New Delhi and then got his Master's degree (Physics) from IIT Kanpur in 2010. He now works with Andrew Daley at the University of Pittsburgh. In his free and not-so-free times he is involved in world film, music, sports and daydreaming about travelling the world.
Araceli Venegas Gómez
e-mail: araceli.venegas-gomez [at]
Araceli grew up in Extremadura region, Spain. Then she moved to Madrid where she graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from the Polytechnical University. After studying and working abroad, she spent 6 years in Germany working for Airbus, while completing a Postgraduate Master in Medical Physics during her free time. She decided to follow her passion for science and come back to Physics. Besides taking care of her science website, she enjoys traveling and going to Heavy Metal concerts.
Liam Walker
Room JA 7.02 / e-mail: liam.walker [at]
Liam is originally from Aberdeenshire in Scotland. He studied and graduated in St Andrews with a masters in theoretical physics. During his time there he worked with the cold atoms group under the supervision of Graham Bruce and Donatella Cassettari for a summer project on holography. Later he worked with Graham again along with Steven Thomson on his masters project studying whether quantum gas microscopes could image glassy phases of the Bose Hubbard model. As well as studying he enjoys music, running and spending time with his friends.
Guanglei Xu
Room JA 7.30 / e-mail: guanglei.xu [at]
Guanglei grew up in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, not far from Beijing. He graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, in Shanghai, and moved to Chicago for his master's degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 2010. Now he is working with Andrew Daley in Pittsburgh and Rolando Somma at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In his free time, music is always around him.
Jorge Yago
Room JA 7.27 / e-mail: jorge.yago [at]
Jorge was born and raised in Zaragoza, a city in the North-East part of Spain. It was in his hometown were he studied for his degree in Physics. Under the supervision of Dr. David Zueco, he completed his thesis "Thermalisation of quantum systems partially thermalised", before joining the QOQMS group. In his free time, he likes to read and also to write. He also loves traveling and discovering new places and cultures.

Former Group members

Suzanne McEndoo
Postdoc 2014-2016

Alexandre Tacla
Postdoc 2014-2016

Johannes Schachenmayer
PhD 2009-2012, Postdoc 2013, now has a CNRS position in Strasbourg, France

  • Diploma Thesis: Dynamics and Long-Range Interactions in 1D Quantum Systems, TU Munich (2008). (Download PDF File, 6.7 MB)
  • Stephan Langer
    Postdoc 2012-2014
  • PhD thesis: Transport and real-time dynamics in one-dimensional quantum magnets and ultra-cold atomic gases, LMU Munich (2012). (Download PDF File, 6.2 MB)