Greta Cvetanova Panova (Bulgarian: Грета Цветанова Панова, born 1983 in Sofia, Bulgaria) is a Bulgarian-American mathematician. She is a professor of mathematics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her research interests include combinatorics, probability and theoretical computer science.
Education and career
Panova received her B.S. in 2005 from MIT. She received M.A. in 2006 from University of California, Berkeley and Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University in 2011, under supervision of Richard Stanley. She was then a postdoc at UCLA (2011-2014), Assistant Professor at University of Pennsylvania (2014-2018), and is currently a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Southern California. She was also Visiting Scholar at the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing (Fall 2018).
Panova has published over 30 papers primarily in algebraic combinatorics with applications to geometric complexity theory, probability and statistical mechanics. She is currently a co-Editor-in-Chief of the Electronic Journal of Combinatorics.
Panova was a three time medalist at the International Mathematical Olympiad (1999-2001, one gold and two silver medals). She was a third prize winner at the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition (2001), and a winner of the Best Student Paper Award at the Formal Power Series and Algebraic Combinatorics Conference (FPSAC, 2011). She is a recipient of Katz Fellowship (UC Berkeley), Putnam Fellowship (Harvard), James Mills Peirce Fellowship (Harvard), Simons Postdoctoral Fellowship (UCLA), and von Neumann Fellowship (IAS). Panova was also an invited plenary speaker at FPSAC 2017 in London.