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Ph.D. Candidate
Division of Applied Mathematics
Brown University

Office: 170 Hope St., Room 209

Email: melissa_mcguirl at brown dot edu


I am a third year graduate student at the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University. My primary research interests include applied toplogy and utilizing methods from topological data analysis to study biological and biomedical phenomena. I am also interested in time series analysis and machine learning.

My research advisor is Björn Sandstede, and I am co-advised by Andrew Blumberg at the University of Texas at Austin. I am a recipient of the National Science Foundation GRFP award. Prior to coming to Brown, I recieved my B.A. degree in mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross.

Recent News and Upcoming Activities

  • I co-organize the Applied Topology and Geometry Seminar at Brown. Check out our upcoming seminars!
  • I co-organize the Horizons Reading Group, "Are We Putting Too Much Faith in Math?". As an extension of the existing Horizons Seminar in the math department, the Horizons Reading Group focuses on investigating and reflecting on the social impact of mathematical research. We meet every other week on Fridays at 3pm in B&H 160.
  • My paper, in collaboration with Chao Xia, Courtney Cochrane, Joseph DeGuire, Gaoyang Fan, Emma Holmes, Patrick Murphy, Jenna Palmer, Paul Carter, Laura Slivinski, and Björn Sandstede, on applying data assimilation to estimate traffic states and model parameters recently got published in Physica D. You can find it here.
  • I currently serve as the Faculty Graduate Student Liaison for the Division of Applied Mathematics. We orchestrate faculty-grad interactions and communicate any concerns or questions. APMA students, if you have any concerns, comments, or questions about the Division of Applied Mathematics, please fill out our anonymous form here.
  • Past Activities