Department of Mathematics


Dr. Jia Gou, UCR

Dr. Jia Gou Joins the UCR Mathematics Department

Dr. Jia Gou will join our department as a Visiting Assistant Researcher in 2019-2020.She will then join our department as an Assistant Professor beginning in Summer 2020.

Dr. Jia Gou received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from The University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She joins the department after a postdoc position at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Gou's research interests are in the areas of mathematical biology and applications of dynamical systems. Her recent research focuses on understanding the growth control mechanisms by constructing and investigating models that describe cell signaling pathways and transport of molecules in tissues. She is also interested in analyzing mathematical models of spatial and temporal phenomena in biology, using techniques such as asymptotics and perturbation methods, and numerical simulations.


- Dr. Ryan Moruzzi, UCR

UCR Math Department is Proud to Announce Our Newest Ph.D. Graduate: Ryan Moruzzi

We would like to congratulate Ryan Moruzzi, Jr , who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation in Winter 2019. Ryan is a first generation college student who worked with Dr. Vyjayanthi Chari on his Ph. D in Representation theory.

His dissertation defense is titled “An Isomorphism of Modules for type Dn”. This spring quarter (2019), following his defense, Ryan hosted a Math Circle for 4th and 5th graders from a local elementary school in the math department for a day of math activities concluding with a campus tour and lunch. He also led the way in organizing a seminar on “Exploring Equity in Mathematics” that creates a space for faculty, visiting assistant professors, and graduate students to come together and have healthy discussions about various topics as they pertain to equity in our mathematical community. He is currently an organizer for USTARS, Underrepresented Students in Algebra and Topology Research Symposium, which holds an annual conference for graduate students to network and share their research. He has encouraged many of our current graduates to attend the upcoming USTARS conference in April.

Ryan has served as an undergraduate research mentor for more than a dozen undergraduate students. He has also been named the 2019 Watkins Commencement Award recipient and will serve as the Student Marshal for Commencement.

Ryan has accepted a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow position at Ithaca College and we wish him continued success in his mathematical journey and his family a bright future.

For more information, please visit:
Our graduate students mathdept.ucr.edu
Dr. Chari’s research  at  https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Vyjayanthi_Chari
Dr. Ryan Moruzzi, Jr. at https://sites.google.com/view/moruzzi


- Dr. Mark Alber UCR

Dr. Mark Alber Appointed Kloosterman Professor at Leiden University

UCR Math Professor Dr. Mark Alber is recently appointed 2019 Kloosterman Professor at the Mathematical Institute, Leiden University, The Netherlands. The Kloosterman Chair is a guest chair occupied yearly for a period of one to two months by a distinguished scholar in mathematics. The Kloosterman Chair is appointed by the Faculty of Science. Previous Kloosterman Professors include, among others, 2015 Yakov G. Sinai, Princeton University, USA; 2009 T. Chinburg, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA; 2001 Y. Eliashberg, Stanford University, USA; 1987 H. Brézis, Université Paris VI, Paris, France and 1986 M. Artin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mass., U.S.A.

Dr. Alber will visit the Mathematical Institute in September-October 2019 to give Kloosterman Lecture and to interact with the mathematical and scientific community in the Netherlands.


- Dr. Eloísa Grifo UCR

Dr. Eloísa Grifo Joins the UCR Mathematics Department

Dr. Eloísa Grifo will join our department as a Visiting Assistant Researcher in 2019-2020. She will then join our department as an Assistant Professor beginning in summer 2020. 

Eloísa received her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia, and she comes to UCR after a postdoc at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Grifo works in Commutative Algebra. Her research interests include free resolutions, DG algebras, local cohomology, and symbolic powers. She is particularly interested in applying prime characteristic techniques and homological algebra tools to questions that are characteristic free or do not appear homological in nature. Much of her recent research revolves around the subject of symbolic powers, which measure higher order of vanishing on an algebraic variety.

To learn more, visit her current webpage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~grifo/

- Dr. Heyrim Cho news

Dr. Heyrim Cho Joins the UCR Mathematics Department

Dr. Heyrim Cho joins our department as an Assistant Professor beginning this summer. She received her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and comes to UC Riverside after postdoctoral work at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her research interests and activities are in the areas of mathematical biology, scientific computing, and uncertainty quantification. Her recent work includes modeling problems in mathematical oncology to improve anticancer treatment and overcome drug resistance. She also works on developing numerical methods for stochastic systems including high-dimensional stochastic PDEs and stochastic processes. She is interested in modeling multi-scale biological systems driven from genetic data to medical images, and characterizing effects of the underlying uncertainty for comprehensive mathematical modeling and a better understanding of biological mechanisms. 
For more details on Dr. Heyrim Cho please visit her current website: https://www.math.umd.edu/~hcho1237/


- Dr. Vyjayanthi Chari news

Dr. Vyjayanthi Chari is a Simons Fellow in Mathematics

Through the program: Mathematics and Physical Sciences-Simons Fellows in Mathematics,the Simons Foundation recently funds Dr. Vyjayanthi Chari’s project on “Quantum Affine algebras and their connections with Cluster Algebras and Demazure Flags”.

Supported by this grant, Dr. Chari is invited to participate in the program: http://www.ihp.fr/en/CEB/T1-2020.

She will also be going  to a conference in Australia as an invited speaker: https://sites.google.com/site/ausreptheory/mooloolaba-2020


- Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn, UC Riverside

UCR Math Department is Proud to Announce Our Newest Ph.D. Graduate: Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn 

We would like to congratulate Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn on graduating from the Ph.D. Graduate Program in Mathematics this Winter Quarter.

Mikahl Banwarth-Kuhn is a Ph.D. Mathematics student who uses mathematical modeling and computational methods to answer questions in biology. Her work combines multi-scale modeling, intercellular signaling, mechanobiology, scientific computing, uncertainty quantification and numerical analysis to develop computational tools that integrate biological data from experiments and produce predictive simulations that motivate the development of future experiments. She recently defended her dissertation, “Mathematical Model for Studying Combined Effect of Individual Cell Behavior on Developing Tissue Shape in Plants”, under the guidance of her Chairperson and Faculty Advisor, Dr. Mark Alber on February 8th, 2019.

Following her defense, she presented at the 8th Annual Southern California Systems Biology Conference (SCSBS) held at UC Irvine on Saturday, February 9th, 2019. According to their website, “The conference brings together diverse researchers from leading Southern California academic campuses to showcase current research activities and promote collaborative opportunities in all areas of Systems Biology”.  Mikahl presented on a “Novel cell-based model of the generation and maintenance of the shape and structure of the multi-layered shoot apical meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana”.

We would like to congratulate her on successfully completing the Ph.D. program this winter quarter and would like to wish her well in her next position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Sindi Lab (Dr. Suzanne S. Sindi) within the Department of Mathematics at UC Merced.


Dr. John Baez, UC Riverside

Mathematics in the 21st Century, A Seminar

January 8, 2019: John Baez – Mathematics in the 21st Century

Abstract: The global warming crisis is part of a bigger transformation in which humanity realizes that the Earth is a finite system and that our population, energy usage, and the like cannot continue to grow exponentially. If civilization survives this transformation, it will affect mathematics - and be affected by it - just as dramatically as the agricultural revolution or industrial revolution. We should get ready!

For now you can look at these slides and videos of related talks:


For more of Dr. John Baez’s activities, please visit his website.

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