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"Wonder is the salt of the earth."

Maurits Cornelis Escher


The above quote by M.C. Escher is definitely me and the reason why I study mathematics!

 My research interests are mainly:

  • applied algebraic geometry

  • convex geometry

  • real algebraic geometry

  • optimization

  • combinatorics

  • random geometry

Or at least these are the most fascinating topics that I encountered so far. I'm always excited to find out something new!

I recieved my bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Trieste. For the master's thesis I was adviced by Antonio Lerario and Daniele Zuddas; our work titled "On a generalization of Reeb's Sphere Theorem".

Then, I moved to the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig for my PhD, funded by the IMPRS. Here I studied convex algebraic geometry under the supervision of Rainer Sinn and Bernd Sturmfels. I graduated in October 2022.


In spring 2023, I was a postdoctoral fellow at ICERM, in Providence, RI, during a thematic semester on Discrete Optimization: Mathematics, Algorithms, and Computation.

In summer 2023, I was a postdoctoral researcher back at the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig, in the nonlinear algebra group.

In fall 2023, I was a postdoctoral fellow in Applied Mathematics at Harvard University, in Anna Seigal's group.

I am now a Junior Fellow at the ETH Institute for Theoretical Studies, Zürich, where my mentor is Afonso Bandeira.

I am a member of the European Women in Mathematics (EWM).


SISSA, 2020

Do not hesitate to contact me by email:

chiara 'dot' meroni 'at' eth-its 'dot' ethz 'dot' ch

(updated February 2024)

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