Hi! I'm Misha. I do research in combinatorics and teach math, occasionally to high-school students.
You may occasionally also see my name written as Mikhail Lavrov. This is still me. Mikhail and I are the same person.
There are many ways to reach me, but sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org is one of the most reliable.
My research is in Ramsey theory and probabilistic combinatorics, a large part of both being focused on problems in graph theory. I received my Ph.D. from the ACO (Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization) program at Carnegie Mellon University, in May 2017. My Ph.D. advisor was Po-Shen Loh.
I am an assistant professor of mathematics at Kennesaw State University. From 2017 to 2020, I was a J.L. Doob postdoc in the Math Department of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
You may be interested in:
I am currently teaching Math 3332: Probability and Inference at Kennesaw State University. I'll think about whether it makes sense for me to post any of the content from the class on this website. For now, though, if you're one of my students, you should go to D2L for course materials.
I've done a lot of teaching here and there in the past, including:
I use Mathematica in my research, but sometimes I also use it just to draw pretty pictures.
On the other hand, the fractal you can see in the background of this webpage was created in MS Paint. Here's an enlarged version of the tile after 7 doubling steps. See if you can figure out how I did it!
When I want to do a little bit of math, but not too much math, I answer questions on Math StackExchange (and occasionally ask them, too). Some highlights, judged entirely by how fun I think they are: