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Team

The Phasecraft team are experts in quantum computing and are inspired by the potential of this world-changing technology.

Johannes Bausch

Quantum Software Consultant

PhD

johannes@phasecraft.io

Johannes is a researcher in Hamiltonian complexity and quantum information theory at the University of Cambridge, working with Phasecraft as a consultant. His research interest lies at the intersection between algorithms, physics, and quantum computation, and he wants to find out how we can combine those to learn something about real world systems - related to AI, communication, or condensed matter systems.

When he was young he was obsessed with game programming and the demo scene, and how one can use very limited hardware for procedural generation of immersive virtual worlds.

Jan Lukas Bosse

PhD Student

MSc

janlukas@phasecraft.io

Jan Lukas is a theoretical physicist by training and received is B.Sc. and M.Sc. in physics from the University of Göttingen, 

almost hundred years after Heisenberg, Born, Hund and Jordan founded quantum mechanics there. After an exchange semester

at the National University of Singapore and an research internship at the Singapore based quantum start-up Entropica Labs 

he decided to pursue quantum software development as a career and to put NISQ devices to scientific use. Together with 

a masters thesis on quenches in topological quantum matter this prepared him well to work  on variational quantum

algorithms for condensed matter systems.

Outside of his research, he enjoys improving his chef skills, photography, playing the classical guitar and meeting new people from all over the world.

Sami Boulebnane

PhD Student

MSc

sami@phasecraft.io

Sami graduated with an MSc Physics from ETH Zurich in 2019. There, his research focused on foundational aspects of quantum mechanics. He later joined the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training for Delivering Quantum Technologies (UCL) with the intent of exploring (near-term) applications of quantum computers. His current PhD research explores the theoretical performance and limitations of variational quantum optimisation algorithms.

Laura Clinton

PhD Student

MSci

laura@phasecraft.io

Laura graduated from Imperial College London with an MSci in Theoretical Physics in 2017.

After that she began an MRes in Quantum Technologies at UCL and from there went on to start her PhD on the theory of analogue quantum simulation using near-term quantum hardware. In her spare time she likes to play boardgames, tabletop RPGs and cycle.

Toby Cubitt

Director & Co-Founder

Toby's research straddles theoretical physics, mathematics, theoretical computer science, information theory, and much of Europe. He has published papers in the top-tier international journals and conferences across all four of these fields, including highly acclaimed publications in Nature, Science and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Toby holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Munich. He is Reader (Associate Professor) in Quantum Information at UCL, and head of the Quantum group in the Department of Computer Science there.

Toby holds a University Research Fellowship from the Royal Society, was awarded the AHP-Birkhauser Prize in 2017, and a Whitehead Prize in 2019 by the London Mathematical Society. He serves on the Steering Committee of the international Quantum Information Processing (QIP) conference, and the editorial board of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A. When he's not pursuing research in mathematical physics or developing near-term applications of quantum computers, he can often be found designing science activities for 3-5 year-olds, helped by constructive criticism from his daughters.

Charles Derby

PhD Student

MSci

Charlie began his Physics studies at Durham university where a coding project was his first foray into quantum information. He graduated in 2017 and enrolled in the UCL doctoral training course on quantum technologies.

Charlie is currently doing his PhD there on the simulation of fermionic systems.

Brian Flynn

Quantum Software Researcher

PhD

During his degree in Theoretical Physics in Trinity College Dublin, Brian's interests gradually moved towards numerical simulations, programming and data analysis.  Following internships at Google, he completed an MSc in High Performance Computing and Data Science at the University of Edinburgh.  Brian then joined the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training in 2016, to build on a growing interest in quantum computing and technologies. 

Brian's PhD research focused on the overlap between machine learning and quantum computing.  He worked primarily on the Quantum Model Learning Agent, an algorithm for reverse engineering quantum systems by determining a suitable Hamiltonian model to describe their dynamics. As well as devising the machine learning techniques underpinning the algorithm, Brian enjoyed developing the software and building infrastructure for its future applications. 

He moves to Phasecraft immediately after his PhD and is excited to learn "how real software engineers do things". 

Filippo Gambetta

Quantum Software Researcher

PhD

Filippo is a theoretical condensed matter physicist. During his career he investigated the behaviour of quantum many-body systems in a variety of setups, ranging from solid-state devices (quantum dots, quantum wires, spin-orbit coupled materials) to atomic settings (Rydberg atoms and ions), exploring both their equilibrium and out-of-equilibrium regimes. Recently, his curiosity has been triggered by the far-reaching possibilities offered by quantum simulators and NISQ computers in providing a better understanding of the emergent properties of correlated quantum systems. Filippo completed his PhD in Physics in 2018, working in the Quantum Transport and Nanodevices Group of the University of Genova (Italy). Before joining Phasecraft in 2021, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Condensed Matter Theory Group of the University of Nottingham (UK).

Joel Klassen

Quantum Software Researcher

PhD

joel@phasecraft.io

Joel is a quantum information scientist, with his focus having primarily been on quantum many body systems, Hamiltonian complexity and stoquasticity, and the quantum marginal problem. Joel is excited about quantum information because of its engaging mathematical structure, interdisciplinarity, and connection to deep philosophical questions. He did his PhD in physics at the Institute for Quantum Computing and the University of Guelph. Before coming to Phasecraft Joel was a postdoctoral researcher in the Terhal group at QuTech for two years. 

Outside of quantum physics, Joel enjoys making interactive digital and traditional visual art, engaging in dinnertime philosophy, playing collaborative story telling games, cycling and rock climbing. 

Lana Mineh

PhD Student

MSci

lana@phasecraft.io

Lana graduated from Imperial College London in 2017 with an MSci in Mathematics. She is currently a PhD student at the Bristol Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training and her PhD is on variational quantum algorithms.

Lana's main interests are in quantum information theory and computing, especially near-term algorithms.

Ashley Montanaro

Director & Co-Founder

Ashley has worked in the field of quantum computing for over 15 years, specialising in quantum algorithms and quantum computational complexity, and has published over 50 papers on this topic.

Ashley holds a PhD in quantum computing from the University of Bristol and is Professor of Quantum Computation there.

Ashley was awarded a Whitehead Prize in 2017 by the London Mathematical Society and was awarded an ERC Consolidator Grant in 2018. He has served on the Steering Committee of the international conference on Quantum Information Processing (QIP), was a Founding Editor of the journal Quantum, and was a cofounder of the Quantum Computing Theory in Practice conference series.

Cat Mora

Director of Research Operations

PhD

cat@phasecraft.io

A theoretical physicist by training (she holds a PhD in quantum information from the University of Innsbruck), Cat has built a career in research strategy and management.

After spending a year as a postdoc (Waterloo, Ontario) she moved to the UK to work for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council as Portfolio Manager for Pure Mathematics. She then spent 6 years at UCL as a research facilitator within the BEAMS School (Built Environment, Engineering, Maths and Physical sciences) providing advice and support to academic colleagues in developing research funding applications.

Before joining Phasecraft in May 2021, she was Director of Research Strategy Delivery at King's College London, where she was responsible for developing, monitoring and coordinating the delivery of the College's strategy.

John Morton

Director & Co-Founder

John has 17 years of experience in quantum computing and in particular the demonstration and development of quantum bits, and strategies for qubit control and measurement.

He has a PhD (D.Phil) from University of Oxford in quantum computing, has been a Royal Society University Research Fellow and is currently Professor of Nanoelectronics at UCL, and Director of the UCL Quantum Science and Technology Institute.

John's prizes include the Nicholas Kurti European Science prize (2008), the Institute of Physics Moseley Medal (2013), and the Sackler International Prize in Physical Sciences (2016).

Raul Santos

Quantum Software Researcher

PhD

Raul is a condensed matter theorist, interested in the connection between quantum many-body physics and quantum information. During his career he has worked in integrable systems, entanglement measures and strongly correlated electronic systems. He is thrilled about connecting the techniques developed in quantum information theory with the simulation of physical systems in NISQ devices. Raul did his PhD in Physics at Stony Brook University in USA. Before joining Phasecraft, he was a postdoctoral researcher in Israel (Bar-Ilan/Weizmann Institute) and UK (Birmingham and Cambridge). Apart from Physics and Mathematics, Raul likes to cook, play board games, cycling and reading.

James Seddon

Quantum Software Researcher

PhD

James is a researcher working in the theory of quantum computation, interested in exploring the capabilities of near-term quantum devices subject to noise. His PhD work at University College London focused on developing methods for classically simulating noisy quantum computers, and quantifying resources for quantum speedup. He holds an MRes in Quantum Technologies and an MSc in Physics, also from UCL.

Prior to his postgraduate studies, James worked for several years at Engaging Networks, a company providing an online software platform to non-profit organisations. During this time he obtained a BSc in Physical Science from the Open University. He also previously studied art, and in his spare time enjoys making electronic music.

Evan Sheridan

Quantum Software Researcher

PhD

Evan is a condensed matter physicist interested in the connections between quantum information, quantum many-body physics and materials science.

During his career, his research interests have centred on pushing the envelope of classical simulation techniques for modelling strongly correlated electron systems. He has investigated several materials platforms to go beyond Moore’s law and is excited about the potential that near-term quantum computing has for the modelling of quantum systems.

Evan did his undergraduate studies at Trinity College Dublin and PhD at King’s College London, where he was a Fulbright Scholar at UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. During this time he was also a Research Scientist at Happy Electron Co.

Stasja Stanisic

Quantum Software Researcher

PhD

stasja@phasecraft.io

Stasja received a B.S. in Computer Science from California Institute of Technology in 2012. Afterwards, she worked in Bristol for a networking startup called Gnodal Ltd. and was part of the engineering team acquired by Cray Inc.

For her PhD, she joined the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training at University of Bristol in 2014, investigating boson distinguishability and its effects in linear optics, and she is currently a Quantum Software Researcher at PhaseCraft. She received an award from British Federation of Women Graduates for her research.

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Chris Cade

Quantum Software Researcher

MEng

chris@phasecraft.io

Chris is currently working as a Quantum Software Researcher at Phasecraft, following the completion of his PhD in quantum computing at the University of Bristol. This focused on quantum algorithms and complexity in non-standard models of quantum computation.

The research during his PhD included applied topics, such as space-efficient quantum algorithms for graph problems, and more theoretical ones, such as the study of 'post-selection' in classical computing.

Before The University of Bristol, Chris obtained an MEng in Computer Science from the University of York, and then spent a year as a research associate in the YCCSA group at York, working on bioinformatics.

Kaelyn Ferris

Quantum Software Intern

kaelyn.ferris@phasecraft.io

Kaelyn graduated from Ball State University in 2018 with an MSc in Physics studying materials simulation using density functional theory.  She is currently a PhD candidate at Ohio University and has since moved towards researching quantum simulation algorithms and many-body physics. 

During the 20-21 academic year, she was elected to be her university's Graduate Student Senate President and worked with the administration to advocate for her fellow graduate student's needs and act as a representative voice for graduate students amongst many of the university committees and upper-level administration. 

In her spare time she enjoys hiking and camping, board games, tabletop RPG's, and DIY projects.

Filip Maciejewski

Quantum Software Intern

filip.maciejewski@phasecraft.io

Filip graduated with BSc in Nanostructure's Engineering at the Faculty of Chemistry and Faculty of Physics, University of Warsaw, then switched from experimental physics/chemistry to obtain MSc in theoretical physics at the Faculty of Physics of the same university in 2019. Since then he is a Ph.D. student in the group of Michał Oszmaniec at the Center for Theoretical Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences.

His research interests revolve around the subject of generalized quantum measurements, noise characterization, and error mitigation. Filip would be very happy if some of his research contributed to the ambitious goal of employing quantum devices to actually do something useful (particularly in quantum chemistry). He joined Phasecraft for summer 2021 to work with James Seddon and Joel Klassen on the project on error mitigation.

Cate Mandell

Quantum Software Intern

cate.mandell@phasecraft.io

Cate Mandell is a 3rd year mathematics undergraduate student at the University of Bristol. After attending a Careers in Quantum event in 2020, she developed an interest in the field and has continued to pursue that path since. In her spare time, she sews her own clothes and likes to cook.

Ricardo Rivera

Quantum Software Intern

ricardo.rivera@phasecraft.io

Ricardo just completed his MSc on Theoretical Physics from the University of Amsterdam, and will soon begin his PhD at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. His research interests can be summarized to any topic that lies at the intersection between mathematics, quantum physics, and computer science. Recently, some of these have been classical simulation of quantum computers, and quantum Hamiltonian complexity.

 

When Ricardo is not doing research he is either reading sci-fi and fantasy books (favourite author? Brandon Sanderson - definitely), taking long nature walks and wildlife scouting, or catching up with old friends while playing online games

Sabrina Wang

Quantum Software Intern

sabrina.wang@phasecraft.io

Sabrina did her undergraduate in physics at Imperial College London. She is currently doing a PhD at Oxford, and her research focus is on materials modelling using DFT and inelastic electron scattering.

In her free time, Sabrina likes to dabble in blender (3D modelling software not smoothies!) and sports, especially ice hockey and badminton.

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