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Meet the team

Sarah Hart

Sarah is a Professor of Mathematics at Birkbeck. She has an MA from Oxford and MSc and PhD from Manchester. Her PhD was in the subject of group theory. She teaches mostly algebra at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is the programme director of the MSc, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Mathematics. She is an active member (currently serving on the Council) of the British Society for the History of Mathematics, and tries to include something of the history of any subject that she teaches. She also enjoys popularising mathematics, for example by speaking at conferences for young people interested in mathematics, leading Royal Institution masterclasses, and giving public lectures.

Andrew Bowler

Andrew is a Lecturer in Mathematics. His research interests are symmetric designs, Latin squares, quasigroups and non-associative algebra.

Ben Fairbairn

Ben is a lecturer in mathematics at Birkbeck. He obtained his PhD in Pure Mathematics from the University of Birmingham having previously obtained both his bachelors degree and Masters degree from the University of Cambridge before arriving in Birkbeck in 2010. He teaches on both the BSc an MSc Mathematics degree programmes. His research focuses on a branch of Algebra known as Group Theory and his investigations have studied actions of groups on combinatorial objects such as graphs and designs as well as geometrical structures such as Riemann surfaces and the hyperbolic plane.

Maura Paterson

Maura is a senior lecturer in mathematics at Birkbeck.  She has a PhD in mathematics from Royal Holloway, University of London.  Her research interests include applications of combinatorics to problems arising in cryptography and information security, and she collaborates regularly with researchers both within the UK and internationally.  She has been a visiting researcher at the University of Waterloo in Canada.

Amarpreet Rattan

Amarpreet teaches on the BSc and MSc Mathematics and related programs.  He has a PhD from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and did postdoctoral research at MIT and the University of Bristol.  His research area is algebraic and enumerative combinatorics.  His research interests include the combinatorics and representation theory of the symmetric groups, as well as traditional combinatorial objects such as lattice paths.