**Biography**

Professor Dmitry Melnikov graduated from the Lomonossov Moscow State University in 2003. He defended a postgraduate title (Russian PhD equivalent) in 2006 and received PhD from Rutgers University in 2008. Professor Melnikov is a permanent member of the Mathematical Physics Group at the Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics (Moscow). HIs current interests are String theory, holography, AdS/CMT correspondence, baryons and QCD at high temperature and density, physics beyond the Standard Model.

**Research Field**

**String Theory**

Historically string theory is a branch of theoretical physics which addresses conceptual problems of high energy (particle) physics. In particular, it is an attempt to build a consistent theory of quantum gravity and a candidate theory for the unification of all known physical interactions. Formal string theory employs very advanced mathematical tools. Its developments has often generated a great return impact on various areas of mathematics. It is often viewed as a bridge connecting modern physics and mathematics. One of the breakthrough achievements of string theory is a realization of the holographic principle - a duality between gauge theories and theories of gravity. Holographic duality is currently the most actively developing direction of the theory. It provides a framework, which allows to study physical systems characterized by a strong interaction of its elements. The main example of such a system are quarks bound into mesons and baryons. However recent range of applications of the duality is much wider. Apart from models in particle physics it includes cosmological models, nuclear physics and condensed matter systems. Holography and other string theory methods are expected to bring a new insight and technology to the solution of the complex problems in these independent areas of physics.

**Research Project**

**AGT Relation, Knots and AdS/CFT**