Sylvia Serfaty is a Global Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. Dr. Serfaty earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Paris-11 Orsay, and previously was at CNRS at the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, in France, the Courant Institute, and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6.
Dr. Serfaty's research interests are in the field of nonlinear partial differential equations and variational problems coming from physics. She is the author of over thirty papers, including many on the mathematical study of the Ginzburg-Landau equation of superconductivity. With Etienne Sandier, she wrote a book on that subject, entitled Vortices in the Magnetic Ginzburg-Landau Model. Since 2007, she has been an editor for the journals Communications in Contemporary Mathematics, SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, and Analysis and PDE. Dr. Serfaty's awards include a Sloan Foundation Fellowship, a NSF CAREER Award, the European Mathematical Society Prize, and a EURYI Award.