I am an Associate Professor in the
Department of Mathematics
at Washington & Lee University.
I am originally from Australia and graduated from
the University of Sydney with B.Sc. (Hons) in pure mathematics.
I was awarded my Ph.D. in May 2004 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. My PhD
advisor was John M. Sullivan. From July 2004
to June 2007 I was a Benjamin Peirce Assistant Professor of Mathematics,
Harvard University and from July 2007 to June 2012
I was an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Smith College.
My resume in pdf format
(last updated 07/2012).
On sabbatical leave 2015-2016.
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I am interested in Geometric Knot Theory. My
research uses topological knot invariants to answer questions
about the geometry of knots. (For example, how much bend or twist does a knot have?) I'm also
interested in optimization and finding ideal knot shapes. (For example, given a
piece of rope of fixed diameter, how much length is needed to tie a knot? What shape is a tight knot?)
My research has applications to biology (for example the shape of folded proteins and DNA) and
to physics (for example classifying glueballs in particle physics).
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publications and translations.
I also advise research projects for undergraduate students.
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