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 the Mathematics Department at MIT. He holds 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.


PRIMES Circle Section Coordinator

Dr. Chelsea Walton is a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and R.L.E. Moore Instructor in the Mathematics Department at MIT. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 2011, under J. Tobias Stafford. Her research fields are Noncommutative Algebra, Noncommutative Algebraic Geometry, Representation Theory, and Invariant Theory. She was an instructor in Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education program at Pomona College, Claremont, California, in June 2012.


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.




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