Lisa Fauci

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Lisa Fauci
Lisa J. Fauci

(1960-09-21) September 21, 1960 (age 63)
Brooklyn, New York
Alma materCourant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University
AwardsFellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2012)
Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer (2016)
Fellow of the American Physical Society (2018)
Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2020)
Tulane 2023 Hall of Fame Winner (2023)
Scientific career
Mathematical Biologist
InstitutionsTulane University
Doctoral advisorCharles S. Peskin

Lisa J. Fauci (born September 21, 1960) is an American mathematician who applies computational fluid dynamics to biological processes such as sperm motility and phytoplankton dynamics.[1] More generally, her research interests include numerical analysis, scientific computing, and mathematical biology. She is the Pendergraft Nola Lee Haynes Professor of Mathematics at Tulane University,[2] and was president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (2019–2020).[3]


Fauci was born in Brooklyn, New York.[4] She did her undergraduate studies at Pace University, where she was encouraged to continue in mathematics by her mentor there, Michael Bernkopf.[5] After earning a B.S. in mathematics in 1981,[6] she went on to graduate studies at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, completing a master's degree in 1984 and her doctorate in 1986, under the supervision of Charles S. Peskin.[6][7]


Fauci has been at Tulane University since 1986.[4][6]


In 2012 Fauci became a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics "for contributions to computational biofluid dynamics and applications."[8] From 2014 to 2016, Fauci served as a Council Member at Large for the American Mathematical Society.[9] In 2016 she was selected as the annual Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer by the Association for Women in Mathematics.[10] In 2018, she became a Fellow of the American Physical Society.[11]

In 2019 Fauci was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science[12] (AAAS). She was elected as a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society in the 2020 Class, for "contributions to computational fluid dynamics and applications, and for service to the applied mathematical community".[13]

Fauci was elected to the 2023 class of fellows of the Association for Women in Mathematics "for her vision of advancing women in the mathematical sciences; for executing that vision by encouraging women to pursue graduate studies and providing sustained mentorship throughout their careers; and for opening pathways for the broader inclusion of women through her leadership in international organizations such as SIAM."[14] She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2023.[15] In November 2023, Fauci was a Tulane 2023 Hall of Fame winner. [16]


  1. ^ "Speaker biography: Lisa Fauci", 8th International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Beijing, China, August 2015, retrieved 2015-09-09.
  2. ^ Faculty by Research Interests, Tulane University Mathematics Department, retrieved 2015-09-09.
  3. ^ "Leadership". SIAM. Retrieved 2019-12-11.
  4. ^ a b Lisa Fauci bio, retrieved 2015-09-09.
  5. ^ "Q&A with the ANZIAM 2014 Female Plenary Speakers", ANZIAM 2014, Rotorua, New Zealand, Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics, retrieved 2015-09-09.
  6. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae: Lisa J. Fauci, retrieved 2015-09-09.
  7. ^ Lisa Fauci at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  8. ^ SIAM Fellows: Class of 2012, retrieved 2015-09-09.
  9. ^ "AMS Committees". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2023-03-27.
  10. ^ Lisa Fauci to be AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer, Association for Women in Mathematics, March 28, 2015, retrieved 2016-05-01.
  11. ^ "APS Fellowship". Retrieved 2020-06-07.
  12. ^ "AAAS Announces Leading Scientists Elected as 2019 Fellows". American Association for the Advancement of Science. Retrieved 2023-04-13.
  13. ^ "2020 Class of the Fellows of the AMS". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  14. ^ "The AWM Fellows Program: 2023 Class of AWM Fellows". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 2022-10-23.
  15. ^ "News from the National Academy of Sciences". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2023-05-11.
  16. ^ "Dr. Lisa Fauci: Hall of Fame Award Winner | Tulanian". Retrieved 2024-04-04.

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