Zewail City Launches the Center for Theoretical Physics

Zewail City is pleased to announce that Dr Shaaban Khalil has decided to join the Center for Theoretical Physics (CTP) as its director. The CTP falls under the umbrella of the Zewail City Institute of Basic Sciences.

Members of CTP staff and graduate researchers with visiting Director of the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Italy (center)

“On behalf of the Supreme Advisory Board, I am pleased that Dr Shaaban Khalil and the associated faculty and students have decided to join us at Zewail City of Science and Technology,” said Dr Ahmed Zewail, Chairman of the Board.

“Dr Khalil has made impressive contributions to building a group of theoretical physicists in Egypt and, as importantly, in making an impact at the world level. We look forward to the contributions by members of the Center in education and in research, exploring the most fundamental aspects of our universe, the glue that holds matter, and the energy that holds our planets and galaxies together,” Zewail added.

Dr Khalil will not only benefit Zewail City but will also be involved in scientific collaboration with other similar groups in Egypt, including those he has been associated with at Ain Shams University and the British University in Egypt.

The CTP staff includes three associate professors, two assistant professors and nearly ten graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

“We believe that an institution founded under the supervision of a scientist of the caliber of Professor Zewail will provide the expertise lacking in Egypt, and offer the experience needed to build a proper environment for high level scientific research. We are honored to join Zewail City of Science and Technology in this endeavor of theoretical physics,” said Khalil.

Professor Shaaban Khalil, Director, CTP

Dr Shaaban Khalil

Professor Shaaban Khalil is a prominent high energy physicist and is well known for his significant contributions to the understanding of new phenomena beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. Khalil received his B.Sc. in mathematics from Ain Shams University in 1988 with an “excellent with honors” degree. In 1997, he completed his Ph.D. in the field of elementary particle physics at the International Center for Theoretical Physics (ICTP). He was a research fellow at the Institute of Particle Physics Phenomenology in Durham University, at Sussex University, and at Madrid University. He is currently a visiting professor at the Physics Department of Southhampton University (UK).

A former Fullbright Fellow, Khalil has published more than 100 scientific papers in prestigious scientific journals. His achievements have enabled him to obtain, in 2006, the degree of Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) from Ain Shams University, refereed by the Royal Society. For his contributions, he received several local and international awards. Khalil was the founder of the Centre for Theoretical Physics at the British University in Egypt and was its director from September 2006 to January 2012. He is also associated with Ain Shams University.

Dr Amr El Zant, Associate Professor, CTP

Dr Amr El Zant is an astrophysicst who graduated from Alexandria University in 1990 and received his M.Sc. (1992) and D.Phil. (1996) from the University of Sussex (UK). He was a research associate at the University of Colorado (Boulder), the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics (U. Toronto), and was an academic staff member at the Centre for Theoretical Physics at the British University in Egypt. He was also a visitor in several institutions, including the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) and the Observatoire de Paris, and a Senior Scholar at Massey College (University of Toronto).

Amr is interested in the dynamics of galaxies and their clusters, their formation and evolution in a cosmological context, and large scale structures in the universe. He has published a number of papers pertinent to these subjects, several of which have had considerable influence.

Dr Adel Awad, Associate Professor, CTP

Dr Adel Awad is a high energy physicist who graduated from Kentucky University (2001). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Cincinnati. He is associated with Ain Shams University and is a visiting professor at Kentucky University. He was an academic staff member at the Centre for Theoretical Physics at the British University in Egypt from 2009 to 2011 before moving to the American University in Cairo. He is interested in theoretical high energy physics, namely gravity and gauge field theory. In addition, he is also studying various gravitational and black hole solutions in supergravity theories.

Dr Sherif El Gammal, Assistant Professor, CTP

Sherif El Gammal is an experimental particle physicist who graduated from Université Libre de Bruxelles, Physique des Particules Elementaires (IIHE-ULB) in 2009. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at École Polytechnique, France until 2011 and became an academic staff member at the Centre for Theoretical Physics at the British University in Egypt from 2011 to 2012. He is interested in the search for a new physics signature from models (like extra-dimensions and grand unification) beyond the Standard Model of particle physics via the analysis of the data collected by the CMS experiment at the LHC, CERN.

Dr Elsayed Lashin, Associate Professor, CTP

Dr Elsayed Lashin is a high energy physicist who graduated from the International School for Advanced Study (SISSA) (1996). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Italian Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Trieste, and became an assistant professor at King Saud University. Lashin is associated with Ain Shams University. His current research interest includes the investigation of the compatibility of the concept of textures with current neutrino oscillation data together with symmetry realization.

Dr Ahmed Ali Elbeblawy, Assistant Professor, CTP

Ahmed Ali received his B.Sc. in physics in 1996 and M.Sc. in 1999 from Helwan University, Cairo. He received a second M.Sc. from Geneva University in particle physics in 2008, being involved in the ATLAS experiement at CERN in the LHC project. In 2011, he obtained his Ph.D. in particle physics, specifically utilizing the ATLAS experiment in the search for new physics beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. He is associated with Helwan University. His research interests include supersymmetry and physics beyond the Standard Model, compositeness model, and leptoquarks.

CTP Graduate Students

The graduate and post-graduate researchers at the CTP so far include:

  • Ahmed Moursy: Ph.D. thesis.
  • Ahmed Sayed: M.Sc. thesis.
  • Waleed Abdallah: M.Sc. thesis.
  • Mustafa Ashry: M.Sc. thesis.
  • Safinaz Saleem: M.Sc. thesis.
  • Mohamed Hemeda: M.Sc. thesis.
  • Dris Boubaa: Algerian Ph.D. student registered under the co-supervision of Professor Shaaban Khalil in the field of particle physics. He has support from Algeria to spend two years in Zewail City.
 

For further details, contact the Center for Theoretical Physics at CTP at zewailcity dot edu dot eg or visit its website.

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