Mahrud Sayrafi @ School of Mathematics, UMN

About me

I am a sixth-year graduate student working with Christine Berkesch.
This year I am on the job market and supported by the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship at UMN. My CV is here and my job statements are available upon request.

Recent updates/plans:


My research area is multigraded commutative algebra, particularly in the setting of toric geometry. Roughly speaking, I’m interested in using derived categories to translate the book Geometry of Syzygies to the toric setting and beyond.

Things I’ve recently thought about:


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

April 2024: AMS Sectional in Milwaukee‍

With Maya and Ola, we’re planning a session on nonstandard & multigraded commutative algebra.

June 2023: M2Week 🧑‍💻

With Ayah, Christine, Tim, and Mike, we organized a Macaulay2 workshop and mini-school.

May 2022: GradMoCCA ☕

With Christine, Caitlyn, and Connor, we held a graduate student conference in Minneapolis.

Directed Reading Program

The Directed Reading Program is a graduate student-run program that matches undergraduates with mathematics graduate students in independent reading projects followed by presentations.

New: read about the DRP in the School of Mathematics Critical Points newsletter!

Macaulay2 Development

A main aspect of my research involves developing and implementing algorithms to study explicit examples in algebraic geometry and commutative algebra. Some 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

Travel, papers, et cetera:


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