My main research interest is in studying obstructions to paths and loops of symplectic embeddings using Floer theory and J-holomorphic curve techniques inspired from embedded contact homology, symplectic field theory, and symplectic homology. My advisor is Michael Hutchings.
Before coming to UC Berkeley, I did research in complex dynamics and billiards.
Here is a list of my publications:

  • Julian Chaidez, Mihai Munteanu, "Essential tori in spaces of symplectic embeddings", in preparation.
  • Mihai Munteanu, "Noncontractible loops of symplectic embeddings between convex toric domains", preprint (2018), arXiv link.
  • Filiz Dogru, Emily Fischer, Mihai Munteanu, "Outer billiards and tilings of the hyperbolic plane", Involve 8 (2015), 637-651, arXiv link.

    During Spring 2019, I am not teaching.
    I am a mentor in the Directed Reading Program where I am currently helping an undergrad understand the marvels of smooth manifolds.
    Once in a while I teach for the Berkeley Math Circle.
    Here is a list of courses I taught in the past at UC Berkeley:

  • Math 185 - Introduction to Complex Analysis - Summer 2018 - Instructor
  • Math 53 - Multivariable Calculus - Summer 2015, Summer 2016 - Instructor & Fall 2016, Summer 2017(online), Fall 2017 - TA
  • Math 32 - Precalculus - Spring 2016 - Instructor
  • Math 16B - Analytic Geometry and Calculus - Fall 2018 - TA
  • Math 1B - Calculus - Spring 2015 - TA
  • Math 1A - Calculus - Fall 2014, Fall 2015 - TA

  • You can find my teaching statement here.


    I am originally from Romania and I got my Bachelor's in Mathematics from Jacobs University Bremen.
    Mathematics and I go a long way back. My first exposure to the subject was through mathematics competitions. I still really enjoy solving that kind of problems.
    When I don't do math, I mostly do sports and read. I enjoy playing tennis, lifting weights, and hiking. My favourite fiction author is Haruki Murakami. When I read non-fiction, I mostly read about philosophy and behavioral science. Here is a list of books I read lately.


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    Berkeley, CA 94720, USA

    Office hours: by appointment (unless you know how to track me down)

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