New Starter Daniel Loughran
Welcoming Daniel Loughran as a Turing Fellow
Dr. Daniel Loughran began his Turing Fellowship with the School of Mathematics at the beginning of this academic year. He came to Manchester after completing a PostDoc position at the Leibniz University of Hannover. We caught up with him to find out how he is settling into his new role, university and city.
Hi Daniel, congratulations on your Turing Fellowship! How are you finding it so far?
I'm really enjoying it, thank you. It's great to have lots of free time to focus on my own research. I have also had a lot of fun organising the new number theory seminar and helping out with the new number theory research group webpage.
We're glad you're enjoying it. With regards to your research, what's your specific area of interest?
Well, in a nutshell, I work at the interface of number theory and algebraic geometry. Specifically, I use tools from geometry and analysis to study the existence and distribution of solutions to Diophantine equations.
Sounds interesting. So, you're new to Manchester as well. How are you finding the city?
Yes, that's right. Prior to beginning my Fellowship here at Manchester, I was a "Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter" (which is basically the German equivalent of a PostDoc position). I really enjoyed Hannover but Manchester is great. It's lovely to be so close to the Peak District, whilst at the same time having the convenience of the big city. I actually live in a nice cottage on the edge of the peak district and commute on the train each day. I have so far managed to get up Kinder Scout, as well as having made some trips to Castleton and Edale.
Yes, there's certainly some lovely walking routes close to the city. What else do you do to you unwind when you're not working?
I spend a lot of my free time playing folk music and doing folk dance (I play the accordion and am a keen Morris dancer). I also travel often to Europe for folk festivals.
Sounds fun! Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. We wish you the very best in your Fellowship, and with any upcoming festivals!