Lyubov is a fluid dynamicist, who joined the department as Instructor in Applied Mathematics, September 2009. She received the doctorate in mathematics, atmosphere and ocean sciences from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU, studying with Esteban Tabak. A native of Russia, Chumakova studied mathematics and mechanics at Novosibirsk State University, before completing the B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics, Engineering and Physics (AMEP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her expertise includes geophysical fluid dynamics, stratified flows and dynamical systems.
While an undergraduate, Lyubov received a Gold Medal from the University of Wisconsin for a research project at the University of Campinas, UNICAMP, Brazil. She also received the University of Wisconsin's 2004 Applied Math, Engineering & Physics Leadership Prize. She started doctoral studies at the Courant Institute as a Henry MacCracken Graduate Fellow. During the summer 2006, she worked with Susan Kurien at the Los Alamos National Labs, deriving the 2/15th law for forced homogeneous turbulence. In 2008, Chumakova received the Sandra Bleistein Prize for notable achievement in applied mathematics from the Courant Institute.