Luya Wang

I am a fifth year math grad student at UC Berkeley. My advisor is Michael Hutchings.

My research interests lie in low-dimensional topology and symplectic geometry. More specifically, I study pseudo-holomorphic curves and their applications in low-dimensional topology.


Research papers

Fixed point-free pseudo-Anosovs and the cinquefoil (with Ethan Farber and Braeden Reinoso). arXiv:2203.01402.

A combinatorial proof of invariance of double-point enhanced grid homology (with Timothy Ratigan and Joshua Wang). arXiv:1810.03202.

Hyperbolicity of Links in Thickened Surfaces (with Colin Adams, Carlos Albors-Riera, Beatrix Haddock, Zhiqi Li, Daishiro Nishida and Braeden Reinoso). Topology and its Applications (2019). arXiv:1802.05770.


Princeton University/IAS Joint Symplectic Geometry Seminar, November 21, 2022.

Rice Geometry Seminar, November 9, 2022.

University of Chicago Dynamics Seminar, October 24, 2022. Slides.

Fall Western AMS Special Session on 4-Dimensional Topology, October 22, 2022.

MSRI Floer Homotopy Seminar, October 13, 2022. Recording.

Western Hemisphere Virtual Symplectic Seminar, October 7, 2022. Recording.

Low-Dimensional Topology and Homeomorphism Groups, University of Maryland, September 6, 2022.

UC Berkeley Topology Seminar. April 13, 2022.

Stanford Topology Seminar. April 12, 2022.

AMS-AWM Special Session: Women and Gender Minorities in Symplectic and Contact Geometry at Joint Mathematics Meetings. April 8, 2022.

Georgia Tech Geometry-Topology Seminar. April 4, 2022.

Seminars and Workshops I co-organize

KYLEREC workshop. This is an annual student-run symplectic geometry workshop. We will announce the 2023 program later this year.

The Geometric Topology Grad and Postdoc Seminar (GT GAPS). This is a weekly Zoom seminar. If you are interested to attend or give talks, please sign us here.


Fall 2018: GSI for Math 54 with John Lott.

Spring 2018: GSI for Math 54 with Vivek Shende.