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Francesco Sannino

Chair of Science
Institut for Fysik, Kemi og Farmaci


Francesco Sannino is the Director of the Quantum Theory Center, the Founder of the Centre for Cosmology and Particle Physics Phenomenology (CP³-Origins) at SDU. He is also one of the Founders of the Danish IAS and Professor of Theoretical Physics at the Federico II University in Italy. 

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Prior to this, Professor Francesco Sannino held a scientific associate position at CERN and has been an associate professor at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen. Francesco has held postdoctoral positions at NORDITA in Copenhagen and Yale University in the United States. He has also been a young fellow of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nuclear (INFN).

Professor Francesco Sannino is widely recognised for having pioneered the analytical and numerical investigations of the conformal structure of gauge theories of fundamental interactions, for the construction of minimal composite extensions of the standard model, and for the recent discovery of four-dimensional asymptotically safe theories. Recently he has also applied and developed mathematical tools stemming from theoretical physics to describe the evolution of infectious diseases at human and viral level. 

He has been recognised with numerous awards and prestigious research grants, including the Excellence Team Leader Grant of the European Commission, the Elite Researcher Prize of the Danish Ministry of Science and the Danish National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence grant. Francesco is also a member of the Royal Danish Academy and Finish Academy of Science and Letters. Since 2014 he has been on an ERC panel for Consolidator Grants for Fundamental Constituents of Matter that includes High Energy Physics, Quantum Information, Cold Atoms, Laser, Plasma and Nuclear Physics. Francesco also served as associate editor of the European Journal of Physics.

At the age of 27, professor Francesco Sannino earned two PhDs in physics, one from Syracuse University in the United States, and the other from the University Federico II in Naples Italy where he also previously earned the Laurea degree.

His work crosses several realms of particle physics and cosmology from bright and dark extensions of the standard model and inflationary cosmology to the mathematical underpinning of theories of fundamental interactions.

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