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Research is an important activity for the faculty of the Department of Mathematics. Professor Roderick Melnik holds a Tier 1 NSERC Canada Research Chair in Mathematical Modelling. The Financial Mathematics research group is led by Professor Joe Campolieti, who came to Laurier as SHARCNET Chair in Financial Mathematics. Other research groups focus on dynamical systems and on game theory.

The department has strength in a number of areas of pure and applied mathematics, statistics, financial mathematics, and mathematical modelling and computation. This enables the department to offer strong undergraduate programs and work alongside disciplines using sophisticated mathematical models.

Many of our faculty members are affiliated with nearby PhD-granting institutions, so that the students interested in PhD studies may contact such faculty members directly, depending on their research interests.

 Research Centres and Groups

Research Interests - Faculty

Individual faculty members' specific research interests are listed under their general area of research.

Kathie Cameron

Combinatorial algorithms

  • Combinatorial optimization, combinatorial algorithms; graph theory; theory of algorithms; operations research.

Joe Campolieti

Financial mathematics

  • High performance computing; mathematical finance; exactly solvable pricing models; path integral and Monte Carlo methods for option pricing; jump diffusion processes in finance.

Yuming Chen

Dynamical systems

  • Systems of differential equations with delay; neural networks; numerical simulation; applications to biological systems.

Ross Cressman

Dynamical systems

  • Applied mathematics; dynamical systems, mathematical modelling in biology and economics.

Shengda Hu


  • Symplectic geometry and topology; orbifolds; complex geometry; algebraic geometry; mathematical physics.

Marc Kilgour

Game theory, decision analysis

  • Game theory; operational research and mathematical modelling; applications of mathematics.

George Lai

Financial mathematics

  • Mathematical finance; Monte Carlo and quasi-Monte Carlo methods and applications; stochastic calculus and applications.

Roman Makarov

Financial mathematics

  • Mathematical finance; stochastic analysis; Monte Carlo methods and computational mathematics.

Connell McCluskey

Dynamical systems

  • Global stability analysis; dynamical systems; mathematical epidemiology and biology.

Adam Metzler

Financial mathematics, applied probability

  • Credit risk, applications to financial regulation, correlation modelling; rare event simulation, hitting times for stochastic processes.

Roderick Melnik

(Tier I Canada Research Chair) Applied and computational mathematics

  • Applied and computational mathematics with its enrichments in sciences and technologies; partial differential equations and approximation theory; non-smooth control, mathematical biology and complex dynamic systems.

Mark Reesor

Statistics, financial mathematics

  • Quantitative finance, Monte Carlo methods in finance, financial risk management, financial stability, securities law, analytics for business, finance, and insurance.

Manuele Santoprete

Dynamical systems

  • Dynamical systems; non-linear differential equations; celestial mechanics and chaos.

David Soave

Statistics, computational biology

  • Statistical genetics; predictive modelling for health outcomes; design and analysis of two-phase studies.

Cristina Stoica

Dynamical systems

  • Geometric mechanics; symmetry and reduction; applications.

Xu (Sunny) Wang


  • Statistical learning and data mining in health data; data mining in economics and business; mixture models; applied statistics in health-related research; measurement errors.

Zilin Wang


  • Survey sampling theory; nonparametric regression techniques and applied statistics

Chester Weatherby

Number theory

  • Transcendence and rationality of special values of various functions; gamma values; zeta and multiple zeta values; Baker's theorem on linear forms in logs; math education.

Kaiming Zhao


  • Lie algebras; associative algebras (quantum algebras); linear algebra; division.

Graduate Students

Current MSc Students

  • Mayank Ahuja
  • Lorenzo Carey Jr.
  • Jack Digout
  • Mark Drmac
  • Ryan Gauthier
  • Theo Goossens
  • Tianliu Fu
  • Hia Wei He
  • Arooj Javed
  • Lingyu Lian
  • Murray Perryman
  • Timothy Ponepal
  • Austin Sammon
  • Yee Mui Lau
  • Nora Fan
  • Wayne Shen
  • Ian Fraser
  • Toheeb Olanipekun
  • Laith Adi

Current PhD Students

  • Mostafa Abdolahi Moghadam Salkoye
  • Manoj Belavadi
  • Si Chen
  • Julian Christopher
  • Agassi Iu
  • Hiromichi Kato
  • Di Meng
  • Hina Shaheen
  • Yadoe Sui
  • Fahimeh Ziaei
  • Kaylee Devries
  • Ipseeta Garg
  • Malhar Mukhopadhyay