I am a Von Karman Postdoctoral Instructor in Applied and Computational Mathematics at the Department of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, USA.

In July 2017, I completed my PhD at the Cambridge Centre for Analysis (CCA) Doctoral Training Centre, University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, under the supervision of Prof. José A. Carrillo and Prof. Clément Mouhot. A copy of my thesis can be downloaded here. I’m honoured to have received the 2016 Imperial College Outstanding Student Achievement Award.

Have a look here for a short video about some of my research to a non-mathematical audience, presented at the finals of the 3-Minute-Thesis Competition 2016, Imperial College London. For a one hour seminar about my PhD research, click here.

For more details about my research, have a look here.



  • As part of International Education Week, I’m giving a talk “A mathematical journey through Africa”, sharing experiences and insights from my participation in math and science outreach initiatives in Africa over the past few years. D&D_Franca Hoffmann.png
  • I have been invited as a guest speaker at Caltech’s Women Mentoring Women Program.

    WMW Fac Lunches(3)


Caltech Campus, picture taken on my day of arrival at this beautiful place.



Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s