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Staff Profile

Dr Pierre-Philippe Dechant

Senior Lecturer in Mathematical Sciences

I am Subject Lead on the University's Mathematics and Data Science courses. I work at the intersection of algebra, mathematical biology and mathematical physics with a particular interest in symmetry and geometry.


After a year of studying pure Maths and research in molecular Virology during my national service, I read Natural Sciences (biological and physical) and Part III Maths at Cambridge. I went to Harvard on a scholarship, studying computer science and high energy physics and doing research in astrophysics. I then did a PhD in theoretical Physics at Cavendish Astrophysics and the Kavli Institute for Cosmology Cambridge, followed by postdocs in Mathematical Virology at York and in particle Theory at Durham Physics.

After this, I returned to the University of York as a lecturer. Then I joined York St John University.


I am interested in mathematical techniques and their applications in the natural sciences, in particular in geometry and symmetry (reflection groups) and data science. 

Find my research on RaY our research portal.


I am a Regional Chapter Manager of Pint of Science.

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