I am a mathematician working in low-dimensional topology and an assistant professor at Creighton University. I received a Ph.D from Princeton University in 2010 and was a Zorn Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University, Bloomington, from 2010-2013 and a Philip T. Church Postdoctoral Fellow at Syracuse University from 2013-2016.
My research interests include studying the typical behavior of knots; understanding and implementing calculations of invariants like knot genus; and understanding the Heegaard Floer invariants of knot surgeries, especially L-space surgeries.
This semester, I am teaching Combinatorics (MTH 411), Calculus II (MAT 246), and Math for the Modern World (MTH 205). You can find the course websites on Blueline.
I live in Omaha, NE, with my husband Stephen Maderak and our two children.
In my free time, I volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol and am especially active with its emergency services activities. I am also a flight instructor, and my husband and I own a Beechcraft Bonanza.