Our Past Students and Postdocs

Post-Doctoral Fellows

Yongwu Rong (1989-91) received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and is currently a Professor at George Washington University. He works on the topology of 3-manifolds. From 2001-2003 Yongwu was a program director at NSF.
Shuguang Wang (1990-92) received his Ph.D. from Oxford University. Shuguang works on gauge theory and its interaction with real algebraic geometry. He is currently Associate Professor at the University of Missouri - Columbia.
Yongbin Ruan (1991-93) received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. Yongbin works on low-dimensional geometry and its relation to mathematical physics. Yongbin was a Sloan Fellow as well as an invited speaker at the 1998 I.C.M. in Berlin. He is currently Professor at the University of Michigan.
 
 
 
David Gomprecht (1992-94) received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His area of expertise is algebraic surface theory. Dave is currently teaching at the Dalton School in New York City.
John Havlicek (1993-95) received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. He received a J.S. Frame Teaching Excellence Award in April 1995. During academic year 1995-96, he taught at Albion College. John is currently employed by Motorola, Inc. where he works on the development and deployment of formal methods for hardware design verification
Thomas Leness (1994-97) received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Tom works on gauge theory and 4-manifolds. He is now an Associate Professor at Florida International University.
 
 
 
Slava Krushkal (1996-97) received his Ph.D. from UC, San Diego. Slava works in 4-dimensional topology and geometry.He is currently an Professor of Mathematics at the University of Virginia.
Wladek Lorek (1996-98) received his Ph.D. from SUNY at Stony Brook. Wladek works in symplectic topology. He is currently a graduate student in applied mathematics at MSU.
Meeyong Kim (1998-99) received her Ph.D. from Notre Dame. She worked in algebraic geometry. Meeyong died in a tragic accident in the summer of 2001.
 
 
 
Mark Hoyle (1998-99) received his Ph.D. from U.C.Santa Cruz. Mark works on hamiltonian topology.
Burak Ozbagci (1999-2002) received his Ph.D. from U.C. Irvine. Burak is currently an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey. His area of interest is the geometric topology of low-dimensional manifolds. In 2003, Burak received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Turkish Academy of Sciences. 
Hessam Hamidi-Tehrani (2000) received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Hessam works on low-dimensional topology and mapping class groups. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Bronx Community College of CUNY.
 
 
 
B. Doug Park (2001-2002) received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. Doug is currently an Associate Professor of Pure Mathematics at University of Waterloo. His areas of interest are gauge theory and low-dimensional topology.
Mainak Poddar (2001-2003) received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. Mainak is currently at the Indian Staistical Institute in Kolkata. His area of interest is stringy geometry and topology of orbifolds.
Stefano Vidussi (2001-2002) received his Ph.D. from S.I.S.S.A, Trieste, Italy. Stefano is currently Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Riverside. His area of interest is 3- and 4-manifold topology.
 
 
 
Mei-Lin Yau (2001-2005) Mei-Lin received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She works on symplectic and contact geometry and topology. Meilin is currently an Associate Professor at National Central University in Taiwan.
Olguta Buse (2002-2005) received her Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook. She works on symplectic topology. Olga was a research fellow at IPAM for summer 2003. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.
David Futer (2005-2008) received his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His area of interest is low-dimensional topology. David was an RTG Postdoctoral Fellow.He is currently an Associate Professor at Temple University.
 
 
 
Spiro Karigiannis (2005-2006) received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His area of interest is special holonomy and calibrated geometry. Spiro is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo.
Lawrence Roberts (2005-2009) received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley. His area of interest is 3- and 4-topology and Ozsvath-Szabo invariants. Lawrence was an RTG Postdoctoral Fellow. He is now an Assistant Professor at U. Alabama, Tuscaloosa.
Mikhail Alyurov (2006-2009) received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His area of interest is differential geometry. Mikhail was an RTG Postdoctoral Fellow.
 
 
 
Hui-Chuan Huang (2006-2007) received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She works on geometric analysis, microlocal analysis, and PDE.
Jack Calcut (2008-2010) received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. His area of interest is low-dimensional topology. Jack is now an Assistant Professor at Oberlin College.
Richard Siefring (2008-2011) received his Ph.D. from the Courant Instutute. He works on geometric analysis and symplectic geometry. Richard is now at Max Planck Institute in Leipzig.
 
 
 
Corbett Redden (2009-2011) received his Ph. D. from Notre Dame. Corbett is an RTG Fellow. His area of interest is elliptic cohomology and Hodge theory of Riemannian bundles. Corbett is currently at Max Planck Institute in Bonn.
Eric Schoenfeld (2009-2010) received his Ph.D. from Stanford. Eric is an RTG Fellow. He works on symplectic field theory. Eric is currently employed by Google.
Matt Rathbun (2010-2011 ) received his Ph.D. from U.C. Davis. Matt is an RTG Fellow. He works on 3-manifolds. Matt is now at Imperial College, London.
 
 
 
Wei Wei Wu (2012-2014) received his Ph.D degree at the University of Minnesota in 2012 under the direction of Tian-Jun Li. He works in symplectic topology.
David Duncan (2013-2015) received his Ph.D degree in 2013 from Rutgers University under the the direction of C. Woodward. He works in symplectic geometry and gauge theory.
Andrew Donald (2013–) received his Ph.D degree in 2013 from the University of Glasgow under the direction of B. Owens. He works 4-dimensional topology and knot theory.
 
 
 
Timothy Nguyen (2014–) received his Ph.D degree in 2011 from M.I.T. under the direction of T. Mrowka and K. Wehrheim. He works in gauge theory and quantum field theory.
Ye-Kai Wang (2014–) received his Ph.D in 2014 from Columbia University under the direction of M. T. Wang.He works in Mathematical General Relativity, Partial Differential Equations.
Renaud Detcherry (2015–) received his Ph.D in 2015 from University Paris VI under the direction of J. Marche. He works in 3-manifold quantum topology and topological quantum field theories.

Graduate Students

Weiping Li received his Ph.D. in 1992 under the direction of R. Fintushel. Weiping works on invariants of 3- and 4-dimensional topology. His first position was Gibbs Instructor at Yale. Weiping is currently an SW Bell Professor of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University.
Grisha Mikhalkin received his Ph.D. in 1993 with adviser S. Akbulut. Grisha's first positions were at I.A.S. and as Benjamin Pierce Assistant Professor at Harvard. He is currently Professor at the University of Geneva. Grisha works in real algebraic geometry and its applications to low-dimensional topology. He was an invited lecturer at ICM 2006 in Madrid.
Radhouane Sellami received his Ph.D. in 1993 with adviser S. Akbulut. Radhouane's area of expertise is real toric geometry.
 
 
 
Yildiray Ozan completed his Ph.D. in 1994 under the direction of S. Akbulut. His first position was instructor at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, where he is currently an Associate Professor. Yildiray works on the topology of real algebraic varieties and low-dimensional topology.
Liviu Nicolaescu finished his Ph.D. in 1994 with adviser T. Parker. Liviu's first position was instructor at the University of Michigan. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at Notre Dame. Liviu's area of interest is geometric analysis with a topological bias.
Wojciech Wieczorek received his Ph.D. in 1995 with adviser R. Fintushel. His first position was instructor at the University of Georgia. Wojciech works on invariants of 4-manifolds. He is currently a lecturer at Stanford University.
 
 
 
Mustafa Korkmaz finished his Ph.D. in 1996 under the direction of N. Ivanov. His first position was instructor at METU. Mustafa works on algebraic properties of surface mapping class groups as well as Lefschetz fibrations on 4-manifolds. He is currently an Associate Professor at Middle East Technical University. In 2001 Mustafa recieived the junior scientist award given by TUBITAK, the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, and in 2003 the TUBA-GEBIP prize awarded by the Turkish Academy of Sciences.
Eleny Ionel received her Ph.D. in 1996 with adviser T. Parker. Her first position was a Moore instructorship at MIT. Elly works on symplectic geometry and gauge theory. She was an invited lecturer at the 2002 I.C.M. in Beijing as well as being a Sloan Fellow. Elly is currently Professor at Stanford University.
Jongil Park completed his Ph.D. in 1996 with adviser R. Fintushel. Jongil's first position was instructor at the University of California, Irvine. He is currently Professor at Seoul National University. Jongil works on the topology of smooth 4-manifolds. Jongil has been invited to speak at the 2010 ICM in Hyderabad.
 
 
 
Tedi Draghici received his Ph.D. in 1997 under the supervision of D. Blair. His first position was Assistant Professor at Northeastern Illinois University. Tedi is currently an Associate Professor at Florida International University. His main areas of interest are Riemannian and symplectic geometry.
Rostislav Matveyev received his Ph.D. in 1997 under the direction of S. Akbulut. His first position was instructor at SUNY Stonybrook. Slava works on 4-dimensional topology. He is currently a Mitarbeiter in the Institute at the University of Leipzig.
Weimin Chen finished his Ph.D. in 1998 with adviser S. Akbulut. Weimin's first position was a Van Vleck instructorship at the University of Wisconsin. Weimin's research interest is in low-dimensional topology and orbifold theory. He is currently an Associate Professor at University of Massachusetts - Amherst.
 
 
 
Feraydoun Taherkhani received his Ph.D. in 1999 with N. Ivanov. Fery is now working at a German Investment bank in Dusseldorf.
Thomas Mark completed his Ph.D. in 2000 with adviser R. Fintushel. His first position was a postdoctoral instructorship at the University of California at Berkeley. Tom works on 3 and 4-manifolds, Seiberg-Witten theory, and Ozsvath-Szabo invariants. Tom is currently Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.
Sema Salur received her Ph.D. in 2000 with adviser Gang Tian (MIT). Sema's first position was Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University, and she is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Rochester. Sema works on the geometry of special Lagrangian submanifolds.
 
 
 
Scott Baldridge finished his Ph.D. in 2001 under the direction of R. Fintushel. Scott works on Seiberg-Witten invariants and 4-manifolds.His first position was Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University. He has also been a research fellow at IPAM. Scott works on Seiberg-Witten invariants and 4-manifolds. He is currently Associate Professor of Mathematics at Louisiana State University. Scott was recently awarded an NSF CAREER award.
HeeSook Park completed her Ph.D. in 2001 with adviser N. Ivanov. She works on bounded cohomology. Her first position was visiting assistant professor at Vassar College. She is currently a Research Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Junho Lee finished his Ph.D. in 2001 with T. Parker. Junho works on symplectic geometry and Gromov-Witten invariants. His first position was Dunham Jackson Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. Junho is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida.
 
 
 
Elmas Irmak received her Ph.D. in 2002 under the direction of J. McCarthy. Her first position was Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan. Elmas is currently an Assistant Professor at Bowling Green State University. She works on mapping class groups.
Stanislav Jabuka finished his Ph.D. in 2002 with R. Fintushel. His first position was VIGRE Assistant Professor at Columbia University. Slaven is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Nevada - Reno. He works on Seiberg-Witten and Gromov theory and Ozsvath-Szabo invariants.
William Vautaw completed his Ph.D. in 2002 with J. McCarthy. Bill's first position is Assistant Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University. He works on surface mapping class groups. Bill is currently an Assistant Professor at Saginaw Valley State University.
 
 
 
Seongchun Kwon received her Ph.D. in 2003 under the direction of S. Akbulut. Her first position is Postdoctoral Fellow at MSRI, and she is currently a visiting professor at Oklahoma State University. Seongchun works on real algebraic geometry and orbifold theory.

Jens von Bergmann received his Ph.D.in 2004 under the direction of T. Parker. His first position is Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. Jens works on geometric analysis and symplectic topology.
Jens is visiting MSU this year.
Inanc Baykur received his Ph.D.in 2007 under the direction of R. Fintushel. His first position was Ritt Assistant Professor, Columbia University. Inanc works on 4-dimensional topology and geometry. Inanc is currently a Research Associate Professor at Max Planck Institute in Bonn.

 
 
 
Firat Arikan received his Ph.D. in 2008 under the direction of S. Akbulut. His first position is Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester. Firat works on 3-manifolds and contact topology.
Selahi Durusoy received his Ph.D.in 2008 under the direction of S. Akbulut. His first position is Instructor at Grand Valley State University. Selahi works on 3-and 4-manifold topology and Heegaard Floer homology.
Joerg Enders received his Ph.D.in 2008 under the direction of J. Wolfson. His first position was Postdoctoral Fellow at the Warwick Mathematics Institute. He is currently a postdoc at U. Potsdam. Joerg works on geometric analysis.
 
 
 
Adam Knapp received his Ph.D.in 2008 under the direction of R. Fintushel. His first position is Ritt Assistant Professor at Columbia University. Adam works on 4-dimensional and symplectic topology.
Kwangho Choi received his Ph.D.in 2010 under the direction of T. Parker. Kwangho works on geometric analysis.
Cagri Karakurt received his Ph.D.in 2010 under the direction of S. Akbulut. His first position is Simons Fellow at U. Texas, Austin. Cagri works on symplectic topology.
 
 
 
Nathan Sunukjian received his Ph.D.in 2010 under the direction of R. Fintushel. His first position is Simons Assistant Professor at SUNY Stony Brook. Nathan works on 4-dimensional topology.
Andrew Cooper received his Ph.D.in 2011 under the direction of J. Wolfson. His first position is Lecturer of Mathematics at U. Pennsylvania. Andrew works on geometric flows.
Chris Cornwell received his Ph.D.in 2011 under the direction of E. Kalfagianni. His first position is Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke. U. Chris works on 3-manifold topology. He is currently a CIRGET postdoc at Université du Québec à Montréal.
 
 
 
Baris Efe received his Ph.D.in 2011 under the direction of S. Akbulut.His area of interest is G2-manifolds.
Thomas Jaeger received his Ph.D.in 2011 under the direction of E. Kalfagianni. His first position is Postdoc at Syracuse U. Thomas works on Khovanov homology and knot theory. He is currently a systems engineer at Google in San Jose, CA.
Cheryl Balm received her Ph.D. degree in 2013 under the direction of E. Kalfagianni. She works in geometric knot theory. Her first position was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Kansas State University. Currently she is a tenure-track faculty at DeAnza College in California.
 
 
 
Christopher Hays received his Ph.D. degree in 2013 under the direction of R. Fintushel. He works in contact 3-manifolds and symplectic 4-manifolds. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Smith received his Ph.D. degree in 2013 under the direction J. Wolfson. He works in Geometric analysis and PDE. Currently he is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Furman University.
Chaitanya Senapath received his Ph.D. degree in 2013 under the direction J. Wolfson.
 
 
 
Ambar Rao received his Ph.D. degree in 2013 under under the direction of X. Wang.
Adam Giambrone received his Ph.D. degree in 2014 under the direction of E. Kalfagianni. He works in geometric Knot theory and its connections to combinatorics and graph theory. His first position was a Visiting Assistant Professor as Alma College. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Connecticut.
David Krcatovich received his Ph.D. degree in 2014 under the direction of H. Hedden. He works in knot theory and Heegaard Floer homology. Currently he is an Evans Instructor at Rice University.
 
 
 
Faramarz (Fery) Vafaee received his Ph.D. degree in 2014 under the direction of H. Hedden. He works in knot theory and Heegaard Floer homology. Currently he is Harry Bateman Instructor at Caltech.
Kyungbae Park received his Ph.D. degree in 2014 under the direction of R. Fintushel and H. Hedden. He works knot concordance theory and Heegaard Floer homology. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at KIAS.
Manousos Maridakis received his Ph.D. degree in 2014 under the direction of T. Parker. He works on the geometric analysis aspects of Dirac operators and associated non-linear geometry systems. He is currently a Hill Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
 
 
 
Christine Lee received her Ph.D. degree in 2015 under the direction of E. Kalfagianni. She works in geometric and quantum 3-manifold theory and in knot theory. Currently she is an NSF Research Postdoctoral Fellow and a Bing Instructor at the University of Texas, Austin.
Luke Williams received his Ph.D. degree in 2015 under the direction of S. Akbulut. He works in 4-manifold theory. Currently he is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Kansas State University.
Wei Fan received his Ph.D. degree in 2015 under the direction of S. Akbulut. He works in 4-manifold theory.

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