Topic: regularized determinants, Ray-Singer analytic torsion and Quillenmetric, particularly their dependence on the metric ("Analytic Torsion and Critical Metrics")
Organizer of the UNC part of our joint Duke/UNC String Theory Seminar
In my doctoral studies, among other topics I have investigated the embedding of orbifold conformal field theories within the moduli space of theories associated to K3. Afterwards, I generalized these results and applied them in the context of mirror symmetry, click here for more details.
Visiting research scholar in the Math/Physics Research Group of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia
Invited sectional speaker in Mathematical Physics at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 in Hyderabad, India
Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in Recognition of Distinguished Contributions to the Profession
Elected Full Member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz
A summary of my math/physics activities since 2002 can be found here.
On May 05, 2009, the "Medal for special merits for Bavaria in a united Europe" ( Medaille für besondere Verdienste um Bayern in einem vereinten Europa) has been awarded to me by the Bavarian Minister for Federal and European Affairs.
I am an elected member of the executive committee of the DMV and an elected full member of the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz.
I am also a member of the EWM (where I am a member of the Committee Women in Mathematics of the EMS), LMS, the AMS, and the IAMP, as well as the EPSRC Peer Review College. I am moreover a member of the Mathematisch-Physikalischer Verein e.V., Augsburg, and the Verband der Freunde der Universität Freiburg im Breisgau e.V.
I am a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Mathematics in Natural Science and Engineering (IFM) of the University of Würzburg, Germany.
I am a member of the editorial board of the book series De Gruyter Series in Nonlinear Analysis and Applications, the Journal de l’École polytechnique - Mathématiques (JEP), and the journal Mathematical Physics, Analysis and Geometry (MPAG), as well as a member of the Scientific User Committee (SCUC) of the Zentralblatt MATH, and an elected member of the Standing Committee of the International Colloquia on Group Theoretical Methods in Physics (ICGTMP).
I am also an elected member of the Hermann Weyl Prize committee and of the Cantor-Medal committee as well as the board of the German Mathematics Competition, Bundeswettbewerb Mathematik, and I am serving on the selection committee of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
Moreover, I am a reviewer for Mathematical Reviews (MR).