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Applied Mathematics at UW-Madison

Welcome to the Applied Mathematics Group at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Our faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and students are involved in a variety of research projects, including fluid dynamics, partial and stochastic differential equations, scientific computing, biology, biochemistry, and topology.

News and opportunities

  • Qiang Deng (student of Leslie Smith) graduated in Summer 2012 and has a postdoc at Courant Abu-Dhabi starting Sept 2012.
  • Hesam Dashti (student of Amir Assadi) received an MSc in Computational Mathematics in May 2012 and continues his PhD in Biophysics at UW Madison.
  • Anekewit (Tete) Boonkasame (Ph.D. student of Paul Milewski) graduated in Summer 2012, and is now a postdoc with Leslie Smith and Fabian Waleffe.
  • Zhan Wang (Ph.D. student of Paul Milewski) graduated in Summer 2012.
  • Peng Qi (Ph.D. student of Shi Jin) graduated in Summer 2012 and took a Quantitative Associate position at Wells Fargo Bank in California.
  • Li (Aug) Wang (Ph.D. student of Shi Jin) graduated in Summer 2012 and is now an postdoctoral Assistant Professor at University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
  • Research Projects in High Performance Computation and BIGDATA resources are available for graduate students taking courses or participating in Persepolis research projects.
  • Funding opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of stochastic and statistical modeling of climate (contact Sam Stechmann, supported by ONR, apply at
  • Funding opportunity for a graduate student to study dynamics of large-scale molecular systems, such as cell membranes (contact Julie Mitchell, supported by NSF).
  • Saverio Spagnolie has accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor in our department. Saverio will join us this Fall. Welcome to the group, Saverio!
  • Bokai Yan (PhD student with Shi Jin) graduated in Fall 2011 and is now a postdoc at UCLA.
  • Funding opportunity for a graduate student to study persistence and multistability in biological networks (contact Gheorghe Craciun, supported by NIH).
  • Funding opportunity for a graduate student to study mathematical analysis of mass spectrometry data and proteomics (contact Gheorghe Craciun, supported by NSF).
  • Li Wang (PhD student with Leslie Smith) graduated and has a job at Epic.
  • Funding opportunity for a graduate student to study waves in geophysical flows and tropical cyclogenesis (contact Leslie Smith, supported by NSF).
  • Funding opportunity for a graduate student to study nonlinear critical layers and exact coherent states in turbulent shear flows (contact Fabian Waleffe, supported by NSF).


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Tenured and tenure-track faculty

David Anderson: (Duke, 2005) probability and stochastic processes, computational methods for stochastic processes, mathematical/systems biology.

Sigurd Angenent: (Leiden, 1986) partial differential equations.

Amir Assadi: (Princeton, 1978) computational & mathematical models in molecular biology & neuroscience.

Nigel Boston: (Harvard, 1987) algebraic number theory, group theory, arithmetic geometry, computational algebra, coding theory, cryptography, and other applications of algebra to electrical engineering.

Gheorghe Craciun: (Ohio State, 2002) mathematical biology, biochemical networks, biological interaction networks.

Shamgar Gurevich: (Tel Aviv, 2006) Representation theory of groups, algebraic geometry, applications to signal Processing, structural biology, mathematical physics.

Shi Jin: (Arizona, 1991) applied & computational mathematics.

Alex (Sasha) Kiselev: (CalTech, 1997) partial differential equations, Fourier analysis and applications in fluid mechanics, combustion, mathematical biology and Schrödinger operators.

Gloria Mari-Beffa: (Minnesota, 1991) differential geometry, applied math.

Julie Mitchell: (Berkeley, 1998) computational mathematics, structural biology.

Sébastien Roch: (Berkeley, 2007) applied probability, statistics and theoretical computer science, with emphasis on biological applications.

Leslie Smith: (MIT, 1988) applied mathematics. Waves and coherent structures in oceanic and atmospheric flows.

Saverio Spagnolie: (Courant, 2008) fluid dynamics, biological locomotion, computational mathematics.

Sam Stechmann: (Courant, 2008) fluid dynamics, atmospheric science, computational mathematics.

Jean-Luc Thiffeault: (Texas, 1998) fluid dynamics, mixing, biological swimming and mixing, topological dynamics.

Fabian Waleffe: (MIT, 1989) applied and computational mathematics. Fluid dynamics, hydrodynamic instabilities. Turbulence and unstable coherent flows.

Andrej Zlatos: (Caltech, 2003) partial differential equations, combustion, fluid dynamics, Schrödinger operators, orthogonal polynomials

Postdoctoral fellows and researchers

Majid Arabgol: HPC & Visualization Research Scholar

Yongyong Cai: (National University of Singapore, 2012)

Gerardo Hernandez-Duenas: (Michigan, 2011)

Current Graduate Students

Adel Ardalan: Student of Amir Assadi.

Hamisha Ardalani: Student of Amir Assadi.

Claire Blackman: Student of Jean-Luc Thiffeault.

Yongtao Cheng: Student of James Rossmanith.

Alireza Fotuhi: Student of Amir Assadi.

Leland Jefferis: Student of Shi Jin.

Mohammad Khabbazian: Student of Amir Assadi.

Masanori (Maso) Koyama: Student of David Anderson.

Lei Li: Student of Shi Jin.

Qin Li: Student of Shi Jin.

Hasti Mirkia: Student of Amir Assadi.

Peter Mueller: Student of Jean-Luc Thiffeault.

Arash Sangari: Student of Amir Assadi.

Ebru Selin Selen: Student of Amir Assadi.

Yun Sun: Student of Shi Jin.

Sarah Tumasz: Student of Jean-Luc Thiffeault.

Elizabeth Skubak Wolf: Student of David Anderson.

Qian You: Student of Sigurd Angenent.

Zhennan Zhou: Student of Shi Jin.

Graduate course offerings

Fall 2012

  • Math 606: Mathematical Methods for Structural Biology (Julie Mitchell)
  • Math 632: Introduction to Stochastic Processes (David Anderson)
  • Math 703: Methods of Applied Mathematics 1 (Jean-Luc Thiffeault)
  • Math 705: Mathematical Fluid Dynamics (Saverio Spagnolie)
  • Math 714: Methods of Computational Math I (Shi Jin)
  • Math 833: Topics in Probability - Stochastic Processes in Evolution and Genetics (Sebastien Roch)
  • Math 842: Topics in Applied Algebra for EE/Math/CS students (Shamgar Gurevich)

Spring 2013

  • Math 704: Methods of Applied Mathematics 2 (Sam Stechmann)
  • Math 801: Topics in Applied Mathematics -- Mathematical Aspects of Mixing (Jean-Luc Thiffeault)

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