Catherine Cannizzo

NSF MPS-Ascend Postdoctoral Scholar
Dept. of Mathematics
University of California, Berkeley
987 Evans Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-3840
California Relay Service 711

About Me

Image credit: Claudia Landgrover, SCGP, November 2021

I am a National Science Foundation MPS-Ascend Postdoctoral Scholar at UC Berkeley. Previously I was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Riverside and a Research Assistant Professor at the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics at Stony Brook University. My interests lie in symplectic geometry, specifically mirror symmetry, and broadening participation of underrepresented groups in math.

I received my PhD in 2019 from UC Berkeley, under Professor Denis Auroux. I received my BA and Master of Mathematics in 2012 from University of Cambridge, with thanks to my Part III essay advisor Professor Julius Ross. The origin of what I study is string theory, which is now of interest in mathematics too. Here's a general-audience elevator pitch I made in grad school and here's an AMS article on mirror symmetry by AMS Mass Media Fellow Maxine Calle.

On a more personal level, I enjoy dancing ballet, I'm a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and here is how to pronounce my name. I'm featured on 1 Million Women in STEM, MΣΣT a Mathematician!, and UC Berkeley math department's Peer Advisors Podcast

Conference photos

Birational Geometry and Quantum Invariants
October 30-November 3, 2023, SCGP
NSF Ascend Postdoctoral Fellowship Conference
October 4-6, 2023, Iowa State University
Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) 2023 Research Symposium
September 30-October 2, 2023, Clark Atlanta University. Photo courtesy of AWM.

Beautiful artwork I saw during the 2017 Oakland Women's March 

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