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An Israeli mathematician, I grew up in both Russia and Israel..being educated at the Technion.

After obtaining a Ph.D. from Princeton University under Paul Seymour's supervision, I became a research fellow at the Clay Mathematics Institute and an Assistant Professor at Princeton.

Later, I assumed my current position as a professor of mathematics, industrial engineering, and operations research at Columbia University.

My speciality is graph theory, where I helped prove the perfect-graph conjecture, which states that only two kinds of flaws can make a graph imperfect....and provides a way to distinguish perfect from imperfect graphs without having to color every point.

In 2004, Popular Science magazine named me one of the “Brilliant 10” young scientists.

Rutgers mathematician Vasek Chvtal honored me by claiming that “Young mathematicians are called promising if they are expected to become at least half as good in 10 years as [I am] now.”

I prefer "gnarly math problems to the messiness of real life."

Answer: Maria Chudnovsky (1977 - )