Mahrud Sayrafi @ School of Mathematics, UMN

About me

I am a fifth-year graduate student working with Christine Berkesch.
My résumé is here, and here are some recent updates:


My interests lie in the neighborhood of algebraic geometry, commutative algebra, and intersection theory. Roughly speaking, I’m interested in using derived tools to translate the book Geometry of Syzygies to the toric setting. Here are some things I’ve recently read about:

I passed my oral exam on June 16th, 2021. Here are my exam materials.


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

June 2023: M2Week 🧑‍💻

With Ayah, Tim, and Mike, we are organizing a Macaulay2 workshop and graduate mini-school.

May 2022: GradMoCCA ☕

With Caitlyn and Connor, we organized a graduate student conference here in Minneapolis.

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.

Student Commutative Algebra Meeting

Macaulay2 Development

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:

FGLM, LocalRings, Saturation, Truncations, VirtualResolutions, NormalToricVarieties.

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

Old News


I’m a fan of fermented foods, volcanoes, sewing & mending, anti-racism, poetry, and bouldering.
I also like radio astronomy, anti-gerrymandering, cryptography, and privacy as a human right.