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Bernd Sturmfels

Director of the Max Planck Institute
for Mathematics in the Sciences
Leipzig, Germany

Professor of Mathematics,
Statistics and Computer Science
University of California at Berkeley

Research Interests: Algebraic Geometry, Combinatorics, Commutative Algebra, Algebraic Statistics, Convex Optimization, Computational Biology

Office Hours
: By appointment

Invitation to Nonlinear Algebra

Mateusz Michalek and I wrote this textbook. It will be published by the American Mathematical Society in their Graduate Studies Series. We hope you'll find it useful for teaching or self-study.

Students Going Places

Plenty of updates from 2020. On postdocs: Madeline Brandt will go to Brown University, Lynn Chua will go to Caltech, Paul Görlach will be at TU Chemnitz, Orlando Marigliano will move to KTH Stockholm, and Mahsa Sayyari will join Goethe-Universität Frankfurt. Anna Seigal will transition to the Society of Fellows at Harvard. On permanent positions: Jose Rodriguez is settling at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Joe Kileel has signed up with the University of Texas, Austin. Cynthia Vinzant will start in 2021 at the University of Washington, Seattle.

What is Algebraic Geometry?

This is a webinar, aimed at a general audience, in the NAS series Mathematical Frontiers. Mark Green hosts short presentations by Ravi Vakil and me.

Adventures in Mentoring

I wrote this piece for the Early Career Section of the Notices of the AMS.

Excellence through Diversity

This article appeared in the newsletter of the European Women in Mathematics (EWM).


I serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Applied Algebra and Geometry (SIAGA). Please submit your very best work.

Nina and Pascal

My daughter Nina is a Fashion Designer. She works for Athleta. Click here for a portfolio. My son Pascal is a PhD student in Computer Science. You can find him on Google Scholar.

Waxing Moon

My wife Hyungsook Kim published this excellent historic novel, set in 19th century Korea.

Honorary Doctorate

On June 29, 2015, I was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Frankfurt, Germany.

Antibiotic Treatment Plans

My bio-medical project with Miriam Barlow, Portia Mira and Juan Meza from UC Merced, and Devin Greene and Kristina Crona from American University, recevied a lot of press. Check out this article in the Scientific American.

Einstein Fellow at TU Berlin

I received an Einstein Visiting Fellowship to build a research group at TU Berlin. We started in May 2015 with a kickoff workshop.

Interview in Specimen Magazine

Click here for an interview that appeared in July 2014.

Introduction to Tropical Geometry

Diane Maclagan and I wrote this textbook. It was published in 2015 by the American Mathematical Society.

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Real Curves
Real Curves

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