# 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

**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
social history of Soviet mathematics
.

## 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

**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 is also Menezes Challenge Mentor
in the
MathROOTS program
and head mentor in the Math section of MIT's
Research Science Institute (RSI)
. She has created the popular
Number Gossip
site.

## Group Research Coordinator

**Felix Gotti**
is an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow and an Instructor in Applied Mathematics in
the Mathematics Department at MIT. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from
UC Berkeley in 2019 under Prof. Lauren Williams. Dr. Gotti's research
primarily focuses on algebraic combinatorics and commutative ring theory. He
is currently interested in subdivisions of polytopes and atomic
decompositions in integral domains. Recent courses he has taught include
combinatorial analysis and multiplicative ideal theory. Dr. Gotti also
supervises research projects in
CrowdMath
, a joint initiative of MIT PRIMES and Art of Problem Solving.

## PRIMES Circle Section Coordinator

**Marisa Gaetz**
is a PhD student in the Mathematics department at MIT, where her studies
center around representation theory and Lie theory. She was also an
undergraduate at MIT, graduating in 2020. As an undergraduate at MIT, Marisa
was a PRIMES Circle mentor for three years. As a grad student, she was a
Directed Reading Program mentor in 2021, and she has continued working with
PRIMES Circle, serving as a coordinator since Spring 2021. She is a
recipient of MIT's
2021 MLK Leadership Award
for her efforts to improve diversity and inclusivity within the math
community.

## Yulia's Dream Program Coordinator

**
Dmytro Matvieievskyi
**
is a Ph.D. student in the Mathematics department at Northeastern University.
He got his bachelor's degree from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow
in 2012. Dmytro's research is centered around geometric representation
theory, the most recent projects studying the theory of unipotent
representations.