Faculty Profile

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Miranda Holmes-Cerfon

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Warren Weaver Hall, Office 1107


Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, NYU’s Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, USA, 2010.
B.Sc., Mathematics, University of British Columbia, Canada, 2005.

Research Interests

I am an applied mathematician who uses and develops tools to address problems in science and engineering. I aim at understanding fundamental mechanisms by formulating tractable models and investigating them using a combination of analytic and computational methods. My work particularly emphasizes stochastic methods, and recently I have also become interested in the role of geometry in physical systems.

My work lies broadly in two areas: self-assembly of nano- and micro-scale systems, and multiscale processes in fluids. I have investigated these in a range of applications, including soft-matter physics, colloids, packing problems, ion beam sputtering, internal waves, ocean mixing, tides, and lava tubes.

Selected Publications

M. Holmes-Cerfon, S.J. Gortler, and M.P. Brenner, "A geometrical approach to computing energy landscapes from short-ranged potentials", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110, no. 1 (2013)
M. Holmes-Cerfon, W. Zhou, A.J. Bertozzi, M.P. Brenner, and M.J. Aziz, "Development of knife-edge ridges on ion-bombarded surfaces", Applied Physics Letters 101, 143109 (2012)
M. Holmes-Cerfon, O. Buhler, and R. Ferrari, "Particle dispersion by random waves in the rotating Boussinesq system", Journal of Fluid Mechanics 670, 150-175 (2011)