The UCI Math Circle Team

Leadership Team

Alessandra Pantano [UCIMC Director] is the Director of the UCI Math Circle for High School and Middle School Students. She received her Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 2004, and is currently a Lecturer PSOE at the UCI department of Mathematics. [website]

Peyam Tabrizian [Level 1 and 2 Coordinator] is a visiting assistant professor at UCI. His interests are in the field of Partial Differential Equations. He loves teaching and has a Youtube channel (here) called Dr. Peyam’s Show. In his spare time, he likes reading and petting his bunny Oreo.

Wencai Liu [Tournament of the Towns/BAMO facilitator] is a visiting assistant professor at UC Irvine studying Mathematical Physics. In his spare time, Wencai likes running and swimming.

Li-Sheng Tseng [community outreach] is an associate professor in mathematics at UC Irvine and does research in geometry/topology and physics. [website]



Patrick Guidotti is a professor of mathematics at UC Irvine whose research is in Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations and Applications. (Some of) his hobbies are photography, cycling, skiing, and hiking. [website]

Nathan Kaplan is an assistant professor of mathematics whose research focuses on number theory. Outside of math, he is a big New York Mets fan and has been a contestant on four TV game shows. [website]

Zhiqin Lu is a professor in mathematics at UC Irvine working in differential geometry. He also studies matrix theory, Euclidean geometry, Linux operating systems... and computer games. [website]

Jeff Streets is an associate professor of mathematics at UC Irvine researching geometric evolution equations. When not working, he enjoys swimming, soccer, videogames and Go. [website]

Hung Tran is a visiting assistant professor of mathematics. His research is about geometric analysis including minimal surfaces, Einstein manifolds, spectral geometry, and geometric evolution equations. When not working, he enjoys tennis, soccer, chess, and manga. [website]

Nam Trang is a visiting assistant professor of mathematics. His research is in the area of logic/foundation. He is also interested in geometry and used to be involved in programming geometric objects and surfaces (like the ones displayed on the UCI math website).

Xiangwen Zhang is an assistant professor of mathematics. His research interests are geometric analysis and partial differential equations. [website]

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Graduate Students

Daniel Agress is a third year student interested in partial different equations.

Kevin Barnum is a first year PhD student at UCI interested in studying mathematical logic. In his free time, Kevin enjoys playing basketball and reading books.

Katie Evans is currently in her fourth year of graduate studies at UC Irvine. She would like to pursue research in some area of Analysis. When she isn't studying, Katie enjoys cooking vegetarian food, playing tennis with Andres, and reading poetry.

Nicole Fider graduated from UCI with a bachelor's degree in mathematics. She is currently a fifth year graduate student pursuing her PhD in mathematics.

Frank Lin is a second year student interested in numerical PDE. [website]

Jared Hillard is a second year PhD student interested in set theory and games. He believes teaching others is the best way to learn, and is excited to help others see the beauty he sees in mathematics.

Kelly Isham is a first year graduate student at UCI. She is interested in Number Theory, Algebra, and their applications to cryptography. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys reading, cooking, and watching hockey.

Yucheng Ji is a fourth year Ph.D. student at UC Irvine. He is interested in Geometry. He enjoys teaching as well.

Jesse Kreger a first year graduate student (PhD) interested in mathematical biology.

Chris Lopez is a sixth year graduate student who conducts research in geometric evolution equations.

Chang Lou is a first year mathematics graduate student at UCI. She is interested in probability and stochastic processes. She also likes to study econometrics. She enjoys teaching and learning mathematics.

Jiancheng Lyu is a fourth year graduate student at UCI interested in partial differential equations and their applications. He enjoys hiking and learning cooking in his spare time.

Timmy Ma is in his fifth year as a PhD student in Mathematics at UCI. He has a passion for teaching and helping his students find their passion for mathematics.

Alex Mramor is a fourth year graduate student at UCI focused on geometric analysis.

Hayan Nam is a third year Ph.D student. She is interested in number theory and combinatorics.

Michael Porter is a fifth year PhD student. He is interested in Number Theory and has started investigating the Discrete Logarithm problem. Before going back to school to study math, Michael was an Electrical Engineer designing integrated circuits. Recreationally, he searches for large prime numbers and factors large integers. Michael has been married for 30 years and is the father of two college students.

Alex Sutherland is a first year graduate student in UCI's Mathematics Ph.D program, whose general research area of interest is algebra. Alex was an undergraduate at Oberlin College where he got degrees in mathematics and economics and was a 4 year member of the Oberlin College Marching Band..

Yuki Takahashi is a fifth year Ph.D. student at UC Irvine. He is interested in Mathematical Physics, applying Dynamical System technique. Yuki believes that teaching is as important as research, and his ambition is to become outstanding at both during his Ph.D years. When not doing mathematics, he enjoys juggling, exercising yoga, swimming in the ARC, and practicing magic.

John (Nick) Treuer is currently a second year graduate student pursuing a PhD in mathematics. John's research areas include analysis and geometry..

Greg Zitelli is a third year PhD student at UC Irvine, with a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His fields of study include stochastic processes, functional analysis, and operator theory. He is also interested in forms of visual communication in mathematics and their applications to teaching. Outside of his graduate work, Greg enjoys swimming, biking, films, and 85 Degrees.

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High School Members

Dillon Kanne is a senior at Sage Hill School. He is interested in number theory, group theory, and combinatorics. He thinks mathematics is the key to a well-rounded education and believes that everyone should be introduced to discrete mathematics in high school. Outside of mathematics, he enjoys doing computer science research at UCI and playing lacrosse.

Sophia Balkovski [Webmaster] is a junior at University High school. In the future, she hopes to travel the world and to study linguistics and computer programming in college.

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Previous Members

Yelena Mandelshtam is now a college student at Stanford.
Eric Lai is now a PhD student in statistics at UCI
Andres Forero got his PHD and is now back in Bogotá, Colombia.
Leesa Anzaldo got her PhD and is now at UW Madison.
Nicholas Reale got his PhD.
Luke Smith got his PhD.

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