• PhD in Mathematics, Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, 1998.
  • MSc in Mathematics, University of Pisa, 1993. 


  • 2017-present - Professor, Center for Scientific Computing and Mathematical Modeling, University of Maryland.
  • Fall 2015 -  Eisenbud Research Professor, MSRI, Berkeley.
  • 2012-present - Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland.
  • 2008-2012 -  Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland.
  • 2001-2008 -  Professore Associato, University of Florence.
  • 1995-2001 - Ricercatore, University of Florence.

Additional Affiliations

  • Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computing Program (AMSC), University of Maryland.


  • NSF Research Grant DMS-1712934 (2017-2020), Analysis of Stochastic Partial Differential Equations with Multiple Scales.
  • NSF Grant DMS-024619, Seminar on Stochastic Processes, 2016.
  • NSF Research Grant DMS-1407615 (2014-2019), Asymptotic Problems for Stochastic Partial Differential Equations.
  • UMD Advance Program Interdisciplinary and Engaged Research Seed Grant (2013), Dynamic models for transportation systems: Properties and theoretical foundations.
  • NSF Research Grant DMS-0907295 (2009-2013), Asymptotic Problems for Stochastic Partial Differential Equations.
  • Grant from the European TMR network Viscosity solutions and applications, Paris, Spring 1999.

Awards and other recognitions

  • Eisenbud Research Professor, MSRI, Fall 2015.
  • Winner of the Italian national abilitation to full professor in probability, 2010.
  • Perfezionamento fellowship at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa, 1993-1995.

Editorial Work

  • Area Editor of Stochastic Processes and Their Applications, 2018-present
  • Associate Editor of Annals of Probability, January 2015-present.
  • Associate Editor of Stochastics, February 2015-present.
  • Associate Editor of Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series A, December 2014-present.
  • Associate Editor of Brazilian Journal of Probability and Statistics, January 2013-present.
  • Associate Editor of Potential Analysis, December 2011-present.
  • Associate Editor of Journal of Theoretical Probability, August 2009-present.

Other Professional Activities

  • Panelist and referee for the National Science Foundation, the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, the Mathematical Sciences Program of the National Security Agency, the Swiss National Science Foundation.
  • Member of the scientific committee of the Seminar on Stochastic Processes, 2014- present 
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of MSRI (Berkeley), June 2018-present.

Organization/Co-organization of workshops and seminars

  • Summer school Recent Developments in Stochastic Partial Differential Equations, in honor of Giuseppe Da Prato, Riemann International School of Mathematics (RISM), Villa Toepliz, Varese, July 23-28 2018.
  • Seminar on Stochastic Processes 2016, University of Maryland, College Park, March 15-18 2016.
  • Special Session Stochastic Analysis and SPDEs at the Spring Northeastern Section AMS Meeting, March 7-8, 2015.
  • Special Session Asymptotic Problems for Stochastic Processes and PDEs at the Spring Northeastern Section AMS Meeting, March 7-8, 2015.
  • Special Session Many Facets of Probability at the 2015 AWM Research Symposium, University of Maryland April 11-12, 2015.
  • Invited Session on SPDEs: Analysis and Computations at the XXXVII International Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications (Buenos Aires, June 28th-August 1st 2013), sponsored by the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
  • Conference on Asymptotic Problems in Stochastic Processes and PDEs, College Park, MD, May 20-24, 2013.
  • Workshop on Theory and Applications of Stochastic PDEs, January 14-18, 2013, in the Infinite Dimensional and Stochastic Dynamical Systems and their Applications program at IMA(September 1, 2012 June 30, 2013.)
  • Invited Session on Large deviations for SPDEs at the XXXV International Conference on Stochastic Processes and their Applications (Mexico, June 2011), sponsored by the Bernoulli Society for Mathematical Statistics and Probability and the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.
  • Workshop on Stochastic Partial Differential Equations, Centro de Giorgi, Pisa 3-7 aprile 2006, co-organizer.

Visiting Positions

  • Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences, University of Southern California, Fall 1997. 
  • Laboratoire Analyse, Géométrie et Applications, University of Paris 13, Spring 1999. 
  • Centre de Recherche de Mathématiques de la Décision (Ceremade), University of Paris 9, Spring 1999.
  • Department of Applied Mathematics, Delft University of Technology, Spring  1999, 2000, 2001, Fall 2001, 2004. 
  • Fakultät für Mathematik, University of Bielefeld, Spring 2000. 
  • Mathematics Research Centre, University of Warwick, Summer 2001. 
  • Institut Mittag-Leffler, Djursholm Sweden, Fall 2007. 
  • Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Cambridge UK, Summer 2010. 
  • Centre Interfacultaire Bernoulli, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Summer 2012. 
  • Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, Fall 2015. 


Current PhD Students

  • Nicholas Paskal, PhD student of the AMSC Program, Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland.
  • Yichun Zhu, PhD student of the Mathematics Program, Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland.

Past PhD students

  • Scott Smith, University of Maryland, 2016. Currently, postdoc at the Max Plank Institut in Leipzig, Germany.
  • Michael Salins, University of Maryland, 2015. Currently, assistant professor at Boston University.
  • Jong Jun Lee, University of Maryland, 2014. Currently, postdoc at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Past MA Students 

  • Cyrus Teng, University of Maryland, 2018.
  • Matteo Del Vigna, University of Florence, 2008.
  • Marco Camagni, University of Florence, 2005.
  • Laura Donnini,  University of Florence, 2004.
  • Giulia Carreras,  University of Florence, 2003. 

© Sandra Cerrai 2017