# Faculty

### Edward Allen

Professor

Ph.D., Mathematics, University of California at San Diego, 1991

**Research Interests: **Algebraic Combinatorics, Bioinformatics.

### Justin Allman

Associate Teaching Professor

Manchester 380

PhD. Mathematics. University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. 2014

**Research Interests: ** algebraic topology and geometry. representation theory.

### Katie Betancourt

Visiting Assistant Professor

Manchester 122

**Research Interests:** Mathematical fiber arts, math education, topological data analysis.

### Abbey Bourdon

Associate Professor

Manchester 136

**Research Interests:** Arithmetic Geometry

**Web Page:** http://users.wfu.edu/bourdoam/

### Kyle Celano

Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Manchester 245

PhD in Mathematics, University of Miami, 2023

**Research Interests:** Algebraic Combinatorics

### Chidozie Williams Chukwu

Visiting Assistant Professor

245 Manchester Hall

**Research Interests:** Mathematical Biology, Optimal Control, Applied Mathematics, Epidemiology, and Disease Modeling

### Jennifer Erway

Professor

Manchester 130

**Research interests:** Numerical optimization, computational PDEs, numerical linear algebra, scientific computation

**Web Page:** http://www.wfu.edu/~erwayjb

### Claudia Falcon

Assistant Professor

Manchester 381

Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, 2016, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

**Research interests:** Applied mathematics, fluid dynamics, partial differential equations, mathematical biology

### John Gemmer

Associate Professor & Sterge Faculty Fellow

Manchester 388

Ph.D. Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona, 2012

**Research interests:** Applied mathematics, calculus of variations, partial differential equations, optics, dynamical systems, stochastic differential equations.

**Web Page: **http://users.wfu.edu/gemmerj/

### Shohreh Gholizadeh Siahmazgi

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Manchester 245

PhD, Theoretical Physics, Wake Forest University

**Research Interests**: Quantum Field Theory in Curved Spacetime, General Relativity, Stochastic Differential Equations

### Hugh Howards

Professor

PhD UCSD ’97

**Research interests:** Topology and Geometry

**Web Page:** http://users.wfu.edu/howards/

### Miaohua Jiang

Professor

PHD Pennsylvania State University, 1995

**Research interests:** Dynamical Systems and Smooth Ergodic Theory

**Web Page:** http://users.wfu.edu/jiangm/

### Thomas Kindred

Visiting Assistant Professor

Manchester 385

PhD (2018) in mathematics from the University of Iowa

**Research interests:** Geometric and combinatorial topology, mainly in dimensions 3 (classical knot theory, spanning surfaces, Khovanov homology) and 4 (knotted surfaces, trisections), but also in arbitrary dimension (multisections).

**Web Page:** https://thomaskindred.com/

### Ellen Kirkman

Professor

PhD in Mathematics and M.S. in Statistics Michigan State University, 1975

**Research interests:** Noncommutative Algebra, Representation Theory, and Homological Algebra

**Web Page: **https://math.wfu.edu/dr-kirkman/

### Leandro Lichtenfelz

Assistant Professor

Manchester 387

PhD, University of Notre Dame, 2018

**Research interests:** Differential Geometry, Global Analysis, Fluid Dynamics and General Relativity.

### Sarah Mason

Professor

Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2006

**Research interests:** Algebraic Combinatorics, Representation Theory

### Jacob Mayle

Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Manchester 382

Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of Illinois Chicago

**Research Interests: **Number theory, arithmetic geometry, elliptic curves, Galois representations

**Web Page:** www.jacobmayle.com

### Pratyush Mishra

Visiting Assistant Professor

Manchester 122

PhD in Mathematics, North Dakota State University, Fargo, 2023

**Research interest: **My research interest lies at the intersection of geometric group theory, the group of homeomorphisms of small manifolds, dynamical systems, and lattices of Lie groups.

**Web Page:** https://sites.google.com/view/pratyush-mishra-webpage/

### Frank Moore

Professor

Ph.D. Mathematics, August 2008. University of Nebraska–Lincoln

**Research interests:** Commutative algebra. In particular, homological properties of commutative rings

### Dylan Odessa

Teacher Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Manchester 245

PhD in Mathematics, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, 2022

### Tolulope Oke

Visiting Assistant Professor

Manchester 383

PhD, Mathematics at Texas A&M, 2021

**Research interests:** Homological and noncommutative algebra, Hochschild cohomology and its associated Gerstenhaber algebra structure, Representation theory, invariant theory and deformation theory.

**Web Page:** https://tnoke2000.github.io/

### Jason Parsley

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Mathematics, 2004, University of Pennsylania

**Research interests:** Differential Geometry, Geometric Analysis, Physical Knot Theory

**Web Page:** http://users.wfu.edu/parslerj/

### Sarah Raynor

Professor

Ph.D., 2003, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

**Research interests:** Partial Differential Equations; Semilinear dispersive PDEs: questions of well-posedness and qualitative behavior; Free boundary problems: regularity of the solution and its interface. Semilinear elliptic PDEs: Existence of positive solutions.

**Web Page:** https://raynorsg.sites.wfu.edu/

### Stephen Robinson

Professor & Department Chair

Manchester 126

Ph.D. in Mathematics, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1991

**Research interests:** Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations; Nonlinear Analysis

### Jeremy Rouse

Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator

Ph.D., Mathematics, 2007, University of Wisconsin

**Research interests:** Number Theory, Modular and Automorphic Forms, L-functions, Elliptic Curves, and Abelian Varieties.

Quadratic Forms.

**Web Page:** http://users.wfu.edu/rouseja/

### Dominic Veconi

Teacher-Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow

Manchester 245

PhD, 2021, Penn State University

**Research Interests:** Hyperbolic dynamical systems, smooth ergodic theory, and thermodynamic formalism.

**Webpage:** https://dominic.veconi.com

### Fan Yang

Assistant Professor

Manchester 332

PhD in Mathematics, 2015, University of Southern California

**Research Interests: ** Dynamical systems, ergodic theory, stochastic process

**Website: **https://sites.google.com/view/fan-yang-dynamical-systems

### Lynne Yengulalp

Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Math & Stats Center

Manchester 135

PhD Mathematics, University of Kansas 2009

**Research interests:** Topology and set theory

**Website:** https://sites.google.com/a/wfu.edu/lynne-yengulalp-wfu/