Dr Markus Upmeier

Dr Markus Upmeier
Dr Markus Upmeier
Dr Markus Upmeier


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+44 (0)1224 272752
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Department of Mathematics, University of Aberdeen, Elphinstone Rd, Aberdeen AB24 3UE, U.K.


Office: Fraser Noble Building, Room 157

School of Natural and Computing Sciences


I joined the University of Aberdeen this year as a permanent Lecturer, following four years as a Simons Collaboration researcher at the University of Oxford and teaching at St. Anne's College. Previously, I was visiting assistant professor (Akad. Rat a.Z.) at the University of Augsburg. I completed my PhD in 2013 at the University of Göttingen, advised by Thomas Schick.



Research Overview

I am interested in applications of algebraic topology, particularly of index theory and higher categories, to study infinite-dimensional spaces and moduli spaces in gauge theory and algebraic geometry.

Most of the mathematical questions that I work on arise at the interface with theoretical physics. I am also very interested in exploring topological methods that can be applied to other branches of science.

Current Research

My research applies homotopy theory to study the topology of various moduli spaces, including Yang-Mills instanton moduli spaces and moduli spaces of holomorphic curves. The applications range from open problems in algebraic geometry to the mathematical development of quantum invariants with values in K-theory and elliptic cohomology, as currently studied by physicists.

Fundamental topological questions about moduli spaces are whether they are orientable (leading to a virtual fundamental class in ordinary homology, and to classical Donaldson invariants), admit a spin structure (so that one may use the Dirac operator for quantization, and define a virtual fundamental class in K-homology), or further refinements to elliptic homology. The higher differential topology of moduli spaces (spin, string, and fivebrane structures) is controlled by higher categorical analogues of the Quillen determinant line bundle, and one of my research objectives is to construct these.

The systematic study of these virtual fundamental classes leads to vertex algebra structures, as invented in conformal field theory. They encode sophisticated symmetries, for example, a conformal vector induces a Virasoro action. My research in this area is about the connections to generalized cohomology and bordism theory.

Past Research

In the time following my PhD, I worked on generalized differential cohomology - a marriage of stable homotopy theory and gauge theory. Later, I got interested in extremal metrics and integrability problems in almost Kähler geometry.


Non-course Teaching Responsibilities

  • Two MX4023 4th year projects on "Lie groups and representation theory"

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