Elizabeth Denne
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
Washington & Lee University

Office: 213 Baker Hall
Phone: (540) 458 8064
Email: dennee at wlu.edu
Email is the most reliable way of reaching me.
Brunnian 4 link from Knotplot


Winter & Spring 2014 I am on sabbatical leave.
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Torus links (4,2) and (5,2) from the Knot Atlas

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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I also advise research projects for undergraduate students. Click here for more information.


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