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I hold the position of* Professor* in Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Melbourne and am currently in the role of *Dean* of the Faculty of Science. Previously, I was *Head of School/Department* of Mathematics and Statistics between 2011-2016 and Deputy Dean between 2017-2018. I was also *Director* of the *Melbourne Graduate School of Science*/Associate Dean (Graduate Program) between 2009 and 2016. I currently hold an Australian Research Council Discovery Program grant on the *Interplay of Topology and Geometry in Polymeric Critical Phenomena and *am a* Fellow* of the* Australian Mathematical Society. *I am on the Advisory Panel of senior referees for the *Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical.*

My area of expertise is mathematical statistical mechanics and, in particular, the area of phase transitions and critical phenomena of model polymer systems, namely lattice walk models, which lies within the discipline of mathematical physics. My work endeavours to uncover the universal geometric and topological features of long chain molecules, such as DNA, in a variety of generic conditions. The models I study arise naturally in “Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics” and in “Stochastic Processes”. I am part of a ‘Mathematical Physics and Statistical Mechanics Group‘ working on these topics. I have several projects in the general area of the statistical mechanics of lattice polymer and vesicle models where there is scope for Master of Science and PhD projects, and some where post-doctoral collaboration would be fruitful. Please contact me if you are interested. The two main topics of interest are (1) numerical analysis, both Monte Carlo computer simulation and also exact enumeration techniques, of lattice walks, and (2) the exact solution of interacting directed walk systems.

My School web profile is here, where information about past and present students and grant funding can be found.

I conduct research into the general field of Statistical Mechanics which lies within the discipline of mathematical physics. In particular, I work in the area of *phase transitions and critical phenomena* in Statistical Mechanics especially pertaining to model polymer systems. The models I study arise naturally in “Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics” and in “Stochastic Processes”. I am part of a `Mathematical Physics and Statistical Mechanics Group‘ working on these topics.

I have several projects in the general area of the statistical mechanics of lattice polymer and vesicle models where there is scope for Master of Science and PhD projects, and some where post-doctoral collaboration would be fruitful. Please contact me if you are interested. The two main topics of interest are (1) numerical analysis, both Monte Carlo computer simulation and also exact enumeration techniques, of lattice walks as models of the* universal* features of polymer, and (2) the exact solution of interacting directed walk systems.

Information about past and present students and grant funding can be found here, which is my School profile page.

*Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical*

*Journal of Statistical Mechanics: Theory and Experiment*

*Journal of Statistical Physics*

The XIX International Congress on Mathematical Physics (ICMP) to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from July 23 to July 28, 2018.

*Lattice walks at the Interface of Algebra, Analysis and Combinatorics*, Banff International Research Station, Canada, September 2017.

*Means, methods and results in the statistical mechanics of polymeric systems*: a special issue in honour of Stuart Whittington’s 75th birthday.

*Combinatorics of lattice models*: a special issue in honour of Tony Guttmann’s 70th birthday.

*Exactly Solved Models and Beyond*: a special issue in honour of R J Baxter’s 75th birthday

The Age, SBS and Guardian articles on female-only positions in School of Mathematics and Statistics in 2016.

Professor Aleks L. Owczarek, FAustMS

Dean, Faculty of Science

Address: School of Mathematics and Statistics,

The University of Melbourne, Vic, 3010, Australia.

Phone: +61 3 8344 6333

E-mail: owczarek@unimelb.edu.au

Web: https://blogs.unimelb.edu.au/aleks-owczarek/