Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Yufei Zhao is Assistant Professor of Mathematics. He received his dual SB degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from MIT in 2010, an MASt in Mathematics from Cambridge in 2011, and a PhD from MIT in 2015, under the supervision of by Jacob Fox. Prior to returning to MIT, Zhao was the Esmée Fairbairn Junior Research Fellow in Mathematics at New College, Oxford, as well as a Research Fellow at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC Berkeley. Zhao was a three-time Putnam Fellow. He received the Dénes Kőnig prize in 2018.
Zhao's research area is combinatorics and discrete mathematics. He is interested in problems in extremal, probabilistic, and additive flavors of combinatorics, as well as connections to other areas of mathematics such as number theory and probability. His PhD thesis gave a simplification of the proof of the Green-Tao theorem on arithmetic progressions in the primes.