### Joanna Ellis-Monaghan

###### Korteweg-de Vries Instituut voor Wiskunde, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Netherlands

Jo has an undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Bennington College and PhD in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is now a professor of mathematics at the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam. Her theoretical research in algebraic combinatorics emphasizes graph polynomials, while her work in applied graph theory encompasses DNA self-assembly, statistical mechanics, computer chip design, and bioinformatics.