Mahrud Sayrafi @ School of Mathematics, UMN

About me

I am a third-year graduate student in the School of Mathematics, where I study under the guidance of Christine Berkesch. Here is my CV.

Spring 2021: I am a participant in ICERM’s Combinatorial Algebraic Geometry program.


My interests lie in the neighborhood of algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, and intersection theory. Here are some things I’ve recently read about:

I’m also interested in studying gerrymandering as a source of interesting problems in mathematics. In previous lives I’ve studied quantum information, cryptography, and radio astronomy.


If you’d like to join or contribute to any of these activities, feel free to get in touch.

Student Commutative Algebra Meeting

Directed Reading Program

The Directed Reading Program is a graduate student-run program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to work closely with mathematics graduate students in an independent reading project.

AMS Grad Blog

I’m a staff writer for the AMS Grad Blog, which is a blog for and by math graduate students.


A main aspect of my research involves developing and implementing algorithms to study explicit examples in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. Here are some of the packages I’ve contributed to:

I occasionally record random bits of Macaulay2-fu in my journal.

Always happy to chat about Macaulay2 and learn how others use it in research.


I’m a fan of all sorts of fermented foods, anti-racist activism, and poetry.