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Faculty

Akram AlishahiAkram Alishahi

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Akram joined UGA Department of Mathematics in 2019. Before UGA she worked at Columbia University, Max Planck institute for Mathematics- Bonn and she was a graduate student at Sharif University. Her research interests are low dimensional topology, knot theory and contact and symplectic geometry.

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Jason CantarellaJason Cantarella

Professor, Department of Mathematics

Jason joined UGA Department of Mathematics in 2000. Before UGA, he worked at the University of Massachusetts GANG lab, and was a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses on the shapes of random curves and polygons. He is particularly interested in questions like How likely is it that a random curve is knotted?, or What can we expect from a random diagram of a random space curve? His research is in the general area of geometric knot theory.  He is also interested in the arts, especially in computer graphics and in sculpture. 

Website and Publications on Arxiv

 

 

David GayDavid Gay

Professor, Department of Mathematics

Dave joined UGA Department of Mathematics in 2011. Before UGA, he worked at University of Iowa, University of Cape Town, CRM/ISM, University of Arizona, Nankai University, and was a graduate student in UC Berkeley. He studies smooth and symplectic topology of 4-manifolds and the associated 3-dimensional issues. He is also interested in mathematical illustration and outreach, heavily motivated by low-dimensional geometry and topology.

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PLCPeter Lambert-Cole

Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics

Peter Joined UGA Department of Mathematics in 2020. Before UGA, he worked at Max Planck Institute for Mathematics-Bonn, Georgia Tech, Indiana University and was a graduate student at Louisiana State University. His research interests are  low-dimensional topology and contact and symplectic geometry.

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Gordana MaticGordana Matic

Professor, Department of Mathematics

Gordana joined UGA Department of Mathematics in 1991. Before UGA, she worked at MIT and she was a graduate student in University of Utah. Her research interests are 4- and 3-manifolds, contact topology, and Heegaard Floer homology.

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Trent SchirmerTrent Schirmer 

Senior Lecturer, Department of Mathematics  

Trent joined UGA Department of Mathematics in 2016. Before UGA, he worked at Oklahoma State University and he was a graduate student in University of Iowa. He studyies 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds.  In particular, he is interested in Heegaard splittings of 3-manifolds and trisections of 4-manifolds.

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Michael UsherMike Usher

Professor and Associate Head, Department of Mathematics

Mike joined UGA Department of Mathematics in 2008. Before UGA, he worked at Princeton University and graduated from MIT. His research is in symplectic topology, in particular symplectic four-manifolds and Lefschetz fibrations, Hamiltonian dynamics, the geometry of symplectic diffeomorphisms and symplectic embeddings, and foundational issues related to filtered Floer and Morse homology.

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Weiwei WuWeiwei Wu

Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics

Weiwei joined UGA Department of Mathematics in 2016. Before UGA, he worked at CRM-ISM, Michigan State University and was a graduate student in University of Minnesota. His research interests lie in symplectic geometry and topology, including Floer theories, homological mirror symmetry, symplectomorphism groups, topology of Lagrangian submanifolds. Recently he also got interested in some problems in C1-generic dynamical systems.

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Postdocs

Feride Ceren Köse

Limited Term Assistant Professor,  University of Georgia 

Ceren  jointed UGA Department of Mathematics in 2022. Her research interests lie in low-dimensional topology, with particular emphasis on knot theory and 3-manifolds.

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Lev Tovstopyat-Nelip

Limited Term Assistant Professor,  University of Georgia 

Lev jointed UGA Department of Mathematics in 2022. His research interests are low-dimensional topology, Heegaard Floer homology, Khovanov homology, mapping class groups, contact and symplectic geometry.

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Graduate Students

Student Started PhD at UGA Advisor
Swapnanil Banerjee   David Gay
Devashi Gulati 2019 David Gay
Daniel Hartman 2019 David Gay
Geunyoung Kim 2019 David Gay
Han Lou 2019 Michael Usher
Ye Tian 2020 David Gay
Terrin Warren   David Gay