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Bernd Sturmfels

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

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

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

Office Hours
Mondays 9:30-11am, and by appointment, in 925 Evans Hall.

Nina and Pascal

My daughter Nina is a Fashion Designer. She works for Athleta. Click here for a portfolio. My son Pascal majors in Computer Science. Click here for this article with Lior Pachter's group. He also appears on Google Scholar.


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

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.

Students Going Places

Postdoc updates on two 2016 PhD students: Elina Robeva goes to MIT, and Hwangrae Lee goes to Auburn U. In 2015, five former students got tenure-track positions: Melody Chan joined Brown U, Angelica Cueto joined Ohio State, Ralph Morrison joined Williams College, Ngoc Tran joined UT Austin, and Caroline Uhler joined MIT. Three others accepted postdoctoral positions: Felipe Rincon joined U of Oslo, Jose Rodriguez joined U Chicago, and Zvi Rosen joined U Penn.

Einstein Fellow at TU Berlin

I was awarded an Einstein Visiting Fellowship, to build up a research group at TU Berlin. We start 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.

Waxing Moon

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

Seminars at Berkeley

There are many wonderful seminars in the Berkeley Mathematics Department. In the Spring of 2017, please attend the Applied Algebra Seminar and the Combinatorial Commutative Algebra talks.

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