Professor, Chair of the Physics Department
Marshak Science Building
City College of the City University of New York
- Professor (2019-Present)
- Associate Professor (2014-2019)
Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology
- Senior Lecturer, equivalent to Associate Professor, Tenured (2014)
- Lecturer, equivalent to Assistant Professor, Tenured (2011-2014)
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory - Theoretical Physics Group
Postdoctoral Research Associate (original appointment: 2011-2014)
Position held from January to August 2012 while on leave from Durham University.
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara
Postdoctoral Research Associate (2008-2011)
Department of Physics
Postdoctoral Research Associate (2005-2008)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. in Physics, 2005.
- String Theory (PhD), The Graduate Center of the CUNY
- V1100: Analytical Dynamics (Masters)
- Physics 55100: Quantum Physics I
- Physics 35100: Mechanics
- Physics 207
Prof. Franco’s main research interests are in theoretical high energy physics. More concretely, he works on String Theory and Quantum Field Theory. His work spans a broad range of topics, ranging from formal aspects of String Theory to new scenarios for physics beyond the Standard Model. He has made seminal contributions in various areas, most notably: String Phenomenology (he introduced Intersecting Braneworlds, which have become one of the most successful and thoroughly studied scenarios connecting String Theory to particle physics), the AdS/CFT correspondence (he discovered the first infinite families of explicit AdS/CFT pairs, drastically changing the status quo of the correspondence), the connection between geometry and quantum field theory in String Theory and particle physics model building (mainly in the context of supersymmetric extensions of the Standard Model).
At present, a great part of Prof. Franco's research is devoted to charting the vast space of quantum field theories, exploiting string theory tools to determine their dynamics and uncovering new dualities.