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Professor Dr. Anna Siffert

Anna Siffert is a professor of theoretical mathematics. Her primary research interests lie in the field of global differential geometry and its interactions with topology, analysis and complex geometry.

One of her research topics is the classification of isoparametric hypersurfaces in spheres, i.e. those hypersurfaces in spheres with constant principal curvatures.

Another topic she is interested in is equivariant differential geometry: geometric variational problems frequently lead to analytically extremely hard, non-linear partial differential equations, where the standard methods fail. Thus, finding non-trivial solutions is challenging.

What are the most beautiful aspects about being a mathematician for you?

Developing new theories.
Freedom of research.
Meeting and exchanging ideas with people from all over the world.

Anna Siffert, born 1985, received her diploma from the University of Bonn and her PhD from Ruhr University Bochum. Afterwards she spent a year at the University of Pennsylvania funded by a DFG research grant. In 2020, she came to the University of Münster from the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn where she held a postdoc position.

Looking back, what were the most important moments in your career?

Most important was/is the support by other mathematicians!
The first participation at a conference.
Getting a DFG grant which allowed me to spend a year in the USA.
A postdoc position at MPIM.
My first permanent position at WWU which I just started.

published: May 2020