Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence, Professor of Applied Mathematics


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I am a Professor of Applied Mathematics, and currently a Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence, at Brown University. My research focuses on nonlinear waves and pattern formation, and more generally on dynamical systems, data science, and applications to biological systems (eg stripe formation on zebrafish and mRNA localization in frog oocytes).

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Heidelberg and my PhD from the University in Stuttgart. Before coming to Brown in 2008, I worked at The Ohio State University and the University of Surrey in England. I received an Alfred P Sloan Research Fellowship, the SIAM JD Crawford Prize, a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award, and the Elsevier Jack Hale Award. I am also the recipient of the Philip Bray Award for Teaching Excellence and the Graduate School Faculty Award for Advising and Mentoring. 

At Brown, I served as department chair and as vice chair of the Research Advisory Board, and I am currently a member of the executive committee of Brown's Data Science Initiative, the Tenure, Promotions, and Appointments Committee, and the advisory board of the Sheridan Center. I am one of the founding principal investigators of the NSF grant that established Brown's Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM).

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