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PRIMES: Program Staff

Chief Research Advisor / Math Track Faculty Coordinator

Pavel Etingof is Professor of Mathematics in the Mathematics Department at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University in 1994, under Igor Frenkel. He taught at Harvard as a Benjamin Peirce Assistant Professor in 1994-1999, joined the MIT mathematics faculty as an assistant professor in 1998, and became a full professor in 2005. Professor Etingof's research interests are noncommutative algebra, representation theory, mathematical physics. He served as Director of Graduate Studies at the MIT mathematics department in 2002-2007. Professor Etingof has led mathematics research programs for high school students at the Clay Mathematics Research Academy in 2004 and 2005, and suggested and supervised 10 high school research projects at the Research Science Institute (RSI) at MIT.

Program Director

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Slava Gerovitch is Lecturer in History of Mathematics and Director of Research and Reading Programs in the Mathematics Department at MIT. He has received a Master's degree in applied mathematics and a PhD in history and social study of science from MIT's Science, Technology and Society Program, under Loren Graham. He is the author of From Newspeak to Cyberspeak: A History of Soviet Cybernetics. Dr. Gerovitch's research interests are history of mathematics, cybernetics, and computing; space history and space policy; and history of Russian and Soviet science and technology. The courses he taught at MIT include history of science, history of computing, and cultural history of mathematics. His current research project is on recent history of representation theory.

Computer Science Section Faculty Coordinator

Srini Devadas is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. His research interests include computer security, computer architecture, computer-aided design of VLSI circuits, formal verification, and computational biology. He has written numerous papers in these areas, and co-authored four books on CAD. He has served on the technical program committees of several conferences, as an Associate Editor of the ACM Transactions on Design Automation, and serves on the editorial board of other journals. He is a Fellow of the IEEE. He served as the chair of Area II (Computer Science Graduate Program) in 2003-2005, and as the Research Director of Architecture, Systems and Networking within CSAIL in 2003-2005. He served as Associate Head of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with responsibility for Computer Science in 2005-2011.

Computational Biology Section Faculty Coordinator


Leonid Mirny is Associate Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Physics at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He is a member of the MIT Physical Science-Oncology Center: Single-Cell Dynamics in Cancer. Professor Mirny's research focuses on problems in biophysics, bioinformatics, and genomics. His recent study uses fractal theory to reconstruct the architecture of the human genome.


Head Mentor

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Tanya Khovanova is Lecturer in the Mathematics Department at MIT. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Moscow State University in 1988, under Israel Gelfand. Her research was in representation theory, integrable systems, quantum groups, and superstring theory. Currently she is interested in combinatorics and recreational mathematics. Dr. Khovanova also coaches mathletes at the Advanced Math & Science Academy in Marlborough, Mass., and coordinates math research at MIT's Research Science Institute (RSI). She has created the popular Number Gossip site.

PRIMES Circle Section Coordinator


Isabel Vogt is a PhD student at MIT focusing on algebraic geometry and number theory. Her research interests include elliptic curves and their associated Galois representations. She graduated from Harvard in 2014 with an AB in mathematics, and chemistry and physics. While at Harvard she was a course assistant for the math department and was a recipient of a Derek Bok Center teaching award three years in a row. She also mentors elementary and middle school girls in problem solving at Girl's Angle: A Math Club for Girls, and has taught math courses at Harvard and MIT's Educational Studies Program (ESP). In 2015 she was honored as one of MIT's Graduate Women of Excellence.




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