List of Faculty in the Graduate Group in Applied Mathematics (GGAM)

GGAM comprises faculty members from departments across the campus, including its home, the Department of Mathematics. Below is a brief description of faculty research, links to personal and departmental web pages plus some "Related Courses" which can serve as a general study guideline for students interested in research with a particular faculty member. Students who want a more complete description of a faculty member's research interests are encouraged to contact them.

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Biomedical Engineering Bodega Marine Laboratory
Center for Neuroscience Chemical Engineering
Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science Department of Pharmacology
Economics Electrical and Computer Engineering
Environmental Science and Policy Evolution and Ecology
Graduate School of Management Land, Air and Water Resources
Mathematics Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Molecular and Cellular Biology Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
Physics Statistics

NameResearch/Related Courses
Aldredge, RalphAnalytical, computational and experimental studies of turbulent flame propagation; diamond synthesis via chemical vapor disposition; combustion instabilities; development of algorithms for the computational study of reactive-flow dynamics
Arsuaga, JavierComputational and Mathematical Biology. Biophysical models of DNA. Topological Data Analysis (TDA) in genetics. Modeling of DNA under spatial confinement: design of viral particles for nanotechnological purposes and modeling of mitochondrial DNA in trypanosomes. Application of TDA to cancer genetics.
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Aue, AlexanderTime series analysis, structural break analysis, theoretical/mathematical questions arising in fields of application, such as economics, finance and environmental science.
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Aviran, SharonComputational biology, mathematical modeling of biological systems, statistical signal processing and inverse problems with applications to genomics and structural biology, machine learning. In particular, I am interested in using probabilistic models and statistical inference to predict RNA structural dynamics from biochemical structure probing data and biophysical principles.
Bai, ZhaojunNumerical linear algebra (theory, algorithm development & analysis)
Balasubramanian, KrishnakumarInferential and computational issues in non-parametric statistics, high-dimensional statistics, network analysis and stochastic optimization.
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Biello, Joseph A.Multiscale asymptotics for PDEs; atmospheric science; fluid dynamics.
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Carlsson, Eric
Chaudhuri, RishidevComputational neuroscience; mathematical biology; machine learning; algorithms; distributed computing; graph theory; dynamical systems; high-dimensional probability and statistics
Chen, Shu-huaNumerical modeling in Atmospheric Science.
Crutchfield, JamesPhysics of computation, dynamical systems, statistical mechanics, structural complexity, evolutionary dynamics, machine learning, and distributed robotics.
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D'Souza, RaissaNetwork theory, statistical physics, computational science, probability, applied math, cellular automata, and networking protocols.
De Loera, JesusDiscrete mathematics, algorithms in algebra and geometry.
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Ding, XiucaiMy current research focuses on the following areas: 1. Statistical and algorithmic applications of random matrix theory, spin glass theory and integrability theory; 2. Mathematical and statistical foundation for manifold learning and machine learning; 3. Non-stationary time series analysis and functional time series analysis.
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Ditterich, JochenOur lab is interested in neural mechanisms underlying higher-order brain functions linking perception and action, especially decision making. We are working on answering the question how the brain processes sensory information and combines it with other information in order to select what action to take next and when to take that action. So far, these mechanisms have mainly been studied from a psychological point of view, whereas neurophysiologists have largely concentrated on lower-level mechanisms. We are trying to bridge this gap by utilizing both behavioral and neurophysiological methods and by using mathematical models for exploring potential neural mechanisms.
Doty, DaveMolecular computing, self-assembly, chemical reaction networks, distributed computing, theory of computing, algorithmic information theory, probability
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Fan, YueyueNetwork optimization, decision making under uncertainty, and civil infrastructure systems management, with an emphasis on applied mathematics.
Fannjiang, AlbertImaging, inverse problems, wave propagation, turbulent transport.
Farouki, Rida T.Geometrical algorithms and representations; computer-aided design and manufacturing; numerical analysis and scientific computing; particle simulation schemes (Coulomb systems); geometrical optics.
Fraas, MartinMathematical Physics; Quantum Information
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Goldman, MarkComputational and theoretical neuroscience
Gravner, JankoProbability; cellular automata.
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Gronbech-Jensen, NielsNumerical analysis and methods for molecular modeling, self-assembly in molecular ensembles, computational molecular and statistical mechanics, radiation damage in crystalline materials, vortex dynamics, perturbation techniques for nonlinear oscillators and soliton systems, Josephson systems, superconducting device physics, phase-locking.
Gundes, A. NazliLinear and nonlinear systems; multi-input, multi-output feedback control systems; decentralized control design; robust and reliable control design.
Guy, RobertMathematical biology, mathematical modeling, Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid dynamics, and numerical analysis.
Gygi, FrançoisNumerical methods of quantum mechanics; Large-scale parallel computing; Molecular dynamics.
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Hafez, MohamedMechanical Aerospace Engineering. Transonic aerodynamics, computational fluid dynamics; numerical solutions of partial differential equations.
Harter, ThomasFlow and transport processes in ground water and in the vadose zone; stochastic analysis of such processes in heterogeneous porous systems; numerical modeling; assessment and remediation of ground water contamination; nonpoint source pollution of ground water; geostatistics.

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Hass, JoelMathematics, topology, differential geometry, mathematical physics.
Hastings, AlanEnvironmental Studies and Mathematics. Theoretical population biology including mathematical ecology and mathematical genetics; qualitative theory of differential equations, differential delay equations, bifurcation theory.
Hunter, John KelsoNonlinear wave propagation, continuum mechanics, singular perturbation methods, and nonlinear hyperbolic partial differential equations.
Iyer, SameerMy research interests are in Partial Differential Equations, specifically those equations which arise from fluid dynamics. Within this vast field, I have thus far concentrated on obtaining rigorous results related to the boundary layer theory, which describes the behavior of a viscous fluid in the vicinity of a solid wall at high Reynolds number.
Izu, LeightonExperimental and computational cardiac dynamics; stability of calcium control system; origins of arrhythmias; optimal population variability.
Koehl, PatriceMy research program focus on understanding protein structures. I am interested in characterizing their shapes using mathematical and computational approaches, and to use this information to improve our understanding of their stability. I am also interested in characterizing the subset of sequence space compatible with a protein structure: this is an indirect approach to understanding protein sequence evolution. In parallel, I am involved in the development of new algorithms for predicting the structure of a protein, based on its sequence. My department web pages are: in CS and at the Genome Center.
Koeppe, MatthiasMathematical optimization, in particular integer programming and mixed-integer programming; computational discrete mathematics
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Largier, John L.Study of hydrodynamics and dispersion in coastal ocean, including bays, estuaries and nearshore. Dispersion problems related to environmental issues, e.g., water quality, population ecology, algal blooms, estuarine habitat. Hydrodynamic problems include stratified flow, surface wind forcing, flow-topography interactions (e.g., jets, wakes, boundary layers), and waves/tides/internal waves.
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Lewis, Timothy J.Mathematical physiology, neuroscience, cardiac electrophysiology.
Li, XiaodongMethods and theory in high-dimensional statistics, robust statistical learning, network data analysis, and signal processing.
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Liu, XinNetwork resource management, optimization, machine learning.
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Lopes, MilesMy main research areas are in high-dimensional statistics and machine learning, with a particular focus on bootstrap methods and randomized numerical linear algebra.
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Luli, Kevin
Ma, ShiqianOperations research and numerical optimization
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Manikantan, HarishankarHari Manikantan works on mathematical modeling of continuum mechanics, and is broadly interested in problems involving fluid dynamics, multiphase flows, elasticity, soft matter, numerical methods, rheology, biophysics, hydrodynamic stability, nonlinear dynamics, and pattern formation. His current research interests include the nonlinear rheology of fluid interfaces in lipid layers, emulsions, and foams; the configurational dynamics and stability of elastic microfilaments such as biopolymers; and the flow of non-Newtonian fluids in porous media with applications in plant vasculature.
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Miller, GregMy research interests include the development of numerical methods for the solution of complex problems in engineering and science, mostly at the continuum scale; Complex rheology: multiscale and continuum methods for incompressible viscoelastic flows; Multiphase flows: compressible and incompressible flows of fluids and elastic-plastic solids in time-dependent domains, interfacial processes; Constitutive modeling: equations of state, thermodynamic modeling, symmetry invariants; and Charged systems: plasma physics, boundary charge and bilayer problems.
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Morris, BenjaminMarkov chain Monte Carlo, random walks on graphs, randomized algorithms, probability on trees.
Mueller, Hans-GeorgFunctional Data Analysis, Semiparametric Modelling, Applications in Biodemography, Genetics, Medicine, e-Commerce and Finance.
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Mulase, MotohicoMathematics. Algebra, geometry, global analysis and mathematical physics.
Nachtergaele, Bruno L.Z.Mathematical physics; statistical mechanics; quantum spin systems; rigorous results in quantum mechanics and condensed matter physics; quantum information and computation.
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Nathan, Terry R.Numerical and asymptotic methods applied to problems in atmospheric dynamics and geophysical fluid dynamics.
Phillips, Ron J.Non-Newtonian fluid mechanics; suspension mechanics.
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Puckett, Elbridge GerryNumerical solutions of PDEs, thermodynamics, droplets, geophysics, mantle convection.
Rademacher, LuisTheoretical computer science. Foundations of data science. Matrix computations. Machine learning. Convex geometry. Optimization.
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Rundle, John B.Computational science & engineering; complex multiscale systems; driven threshold systems, including earthquakes and neural networks; statistical physics.
Saito, NaokiApplied and computational harmonic analysis, statistical signal processing, image analysis, feature extraction, pattern recognition, potential theory,elliptic eigenvalue problems, geophysical inverse problems, human and machine perception.
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Sanchirico, James N.Environmental and natural resource economics, mathematical ecology and epidemiology, optimal control theory, spatial and dynamic analysis of economic-ecological models, bioeconomic analysis, panel data econometric estimation.
Schipper, BurkhardMicroeconomic Theory, Game Theory, Experimental Economics, Industrial Organization, Bounded Rationality
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Schreiber, Sebastian J.Applications of dynamical systems and stochastic processes to ecology, epidemiology, and evolution.
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Sharpnack, JamesMachine learning, network science, high-dimensional statistics
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Shkoller, SteveHyperbolic PDE, moving free-boundary and interface problems, mathematical fluid dynamics
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Soshnikov, AlexanderRandom matrix theory; probability theory; mathematical physics; combinatorics.
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Strohmer, ThomasNumerical analysis, applied harmonic analysis, digital signal processing, approximation theory, scientific computing.
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Sukumar, N.Computational mechanics, fracture, finite element and meshfree methods, maximum-entropy approximations, partition-of-unity finite element methods in quantum mechanics, numerical analysis of PDEs, physics-infomed neural networks
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Temple, J. BlakeShock waves, general relativity, applied analysis.
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Teran, JosephScientific computing, solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, computer graphics
Thomases, BeccaNon-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics Partial Differential Equations Computational Fluid Mechanics
Ullrich, PaulMy research focuses largely on the design and evaluation of innovative modeling techniques that improve the accuracy and eciency of atmospheric general circulation models, and using these models to answer scienti c questions related to atmospheric dynamics and the interplay of dynamics on regional and global scales.
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Valdovinos, FernandaValdovinos studies the structure and dynamics of ecological networks at ecological and evolutionary scales; including their resilience to biodiversity loss, biological invasions, climate change, and exploitation by humans. Her main research lines include plant-pollinator systems and food-webs, which she studies using a combination of mathematical and computational approaches.
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Vazquez, MarielI am a Professor in the departments of Mathematics and of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at UC Davis. I am a mathematical biologist who specializes in the applications of topological methods and computational tools to the study of DNA packing, DNA-protein interactions, and DNA rearrangements.
Wang, Jane-LingDimension reduction methods; functional data analysis; longitudinal data analysis; nonparametric functional estimation; aging research; survival analysis.
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Woodruff, DavidHeuristic search optimization techniques. Production and supply chain planning. Robust multivariate data analysis. Stochastic Programming (integer). Bioinformatics.
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Xia, QinglanGeometric measure theory and its application; optimal mass transport problems; mathematical biology; geometric variational problems in singular spaces.
Zhang, MichaelVehicular traffic flow, network optimization and control of transportation systems.
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