Mark Powell

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Mark Powell
Department of Mathematical Sciences

Durham University
United Kingdom

email: mark.a.powell 'at'

About me

I am an assistant professor at Durham University. I graduated in 2011 from the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Professor Andrew Ranicki, and I was a Zorn Postdoctoral Fellow at Indiana University in Bloomington from 2011 - 2014. For the academic year 2014 - 2015 I visited the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in Bonn. From 2014 to 2017 I was an assistant professor in the CIRGET lab at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

I work on topology, specifically on 3- and 4-dimensional manifolds. I specialise in the concordance of knots and links and the topology of 4-dimensional manifolds.

Current and former postdocs

Anthony Conway Swiss national science foundation postdoctoral fellow at Durham University, 2018-9.

Patrick Orson CIRGET postdoctoral fellow 2017.

Matthias Nagel CIRGET postdoctoral fellow 2015 - 2017.

Ying Hu CIRGET postdoctoral fellow 2015 - 2017.

Current Durham topology graduate students

Scott Stirling EPSRC funded student 2018-22.

Oliver Singh EPSRC funded student 2017-21, working with Andrew Lobb.

Papers and Preprints

My collaborators

Unpublished notes

Potential PhD projects


Collections of references

The disc embedding theorem.

Heegaard-Floer homology, CIRGET low dimensional topology learning seminar, Autumn 2015.


Algebraic Topology, Durham Epiphany 2019.

Algebraic Topology II, UQAM Winter 2017.

Calcul des formes différentielles, UQAM Winter 2016.

Topology of manifolds, UQAM Winter 2016.

Courbes Algébriques, UQAM Autumn 2015.

Introduction to differentiable geometry, IU Spring 2014.

Other interests

Cycling: I raced my bike in criterium races in Indiana and elsewhere in the midwest.

Sailing: I usually sail Lasers, do team racing, or race Etchells.

Pictures of cycling and Laser sailing

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