Boğaziçi University, Department of Mathematics


Research Interests:

Algebraic geometry: Curve-counting theories (Gromov-Witten, Donaldson-Thomas, ...) and related enumerative geometry, deformation theory, moduli spaces and stacks, logarithmic geometry, monoids and toric varieties

Topology: Knot homology theories (Khovanov, Heegaard-Floer), sheaf-theoretic methods in algebraic topology, differentiable spaces, logarithmic geometry and manifolds with corners, Morse theory, moduli spaces in symplectic geometry

For a vague idea of my recent research, click here for an animated PNG (use Firefox) showing (the flow lines for) a family of Morse functions on the torus degenerating to one which is not Smale.


  • Ph.D., Columbia University, 2008 (Advisor: M. Thaddeus)
  • M.Phil., Columbia University, 2008
  • M.A., Columbia University, 2004
  • M.A., Wesleyan University, 2003 (Advisor: W. W. Comfort)
  • B.A., Wesleyan University, 2002

Postdoctoral Positions:

  • ETH Zürich, Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2013 (with B. Doran)
  • Brown University, Tamarkin Assistant Professor, 2008-2012

Fellowships and Grants:

My research has been generously supported by the following fellowships and grants:

  • NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008-2012 (Host Institution: Brown University, Sponsoring Scientist: D. Abramovich)
  • TÜBİTAK/Marie-Curie Co-Funded Brain Circulation Scheme, 2014-Present (Host Institution: Boğaziçi University, Sponsoring Scientist: N. S. Değer)
  • TÜBİTAK 1003 Project No. 114E045 (Principal Investigator: F. Yarman-Vural)