Eloísa Rebelo Grifo Pires
Eloísa was born in Portugal, growing up in Leiria, and went to college in Lisbon. She moved to the United States in 2013 to become a graduate student at U.Va.
Her research interests lie in commutative algebra. This is an area of mathematics that studies abstract objects called rings. Born in the 19th century, it has proved to be a useful tool in many other fields and has important links with areas such as algebraic geometry, algebraic topology, combinatorics, mathematical physics, representation theory, and statistics.
Eloísa has been involved in several projects to disseminate mathematics to a broader audience. She organized a student seminar, Seminário Diagonal, at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, Portugal, from 2010 to 2013. She is also co-editor of the book ‘Números, Cirurgias e Nós de Gravata’ (roughly, ‘Numbers, surgeries and necktie knots’).