Department welcomes new faculty members

The Department is proud to welcome Matthew Badger, Guojun Gan, Zhongyang Li, and Liang Xiao, who will join our Faculty as Assistant Professors in the Fall of 2014, and Vasilis Chousionis, who will join as Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2015.

Dr. Badger comes to UConn from a Simons Instructorship at Stony Brook. He received a Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Washington, and researches geometric measure theory, analysis on rough domains, harmonic measure, modulus of curves and measures and quasiconformal mappings.

Dr. Chousionis received a Ph.D. in 2008 from the University of Helsinki, and was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Finnish Academy. His research is in geometric measure theory, harmonic analysis and potential theory.

Dr. Gan received a Ph.D. in applied mathematics in 2007 from York University. Prior to coming to UConn, he was the Director of Variable Annuity Hedging Research & Development at Manulife Financial. His research is on variable annuity valuation and hedging, open source variable annuity valuation systems, and high dimensional data and large data clustering.

Dr. Li received a Ph.D. in 2011 from Brown, and was previously a Research Fellow at Cambridge. She works on lattice models in probability and statistical mechanics, including dimer model, Ising models, percolations, self-avoiding walks, 1-2 models and general vertex models; Gaussian free fields and , conformal invariance.

Dr. Xiao holds a 2009 Ph.D. from M.I.T. He was previously an assistant professor of mathematics at UC Irvine, and before that an L. E. Dickson Instructor at the University of Chicago. Xiao researches the geometry of Shimura varieties, $p$-adic automorphic forms, $p$-adic Hodge theory and $(\varphi,\Gamma)$-modules, Iwasawa theory for non-ordinary modular forms, slopes of Newton polygons, and the theory of nonarchimedean differential modules and its applications to ramification theory.