**Name and title: **

Xin Zhou, Associate Professor, Mathematics

**Academic focus: **

Geometric analysis, calculus of variations, general relativity

**Current research project: **

I am working on variational theory of minimal surfaces and surfaces of prescribed mean curvature. These surfaces are mathematical models for soap bubbles and boundaries of black holes. I am developing analytical tools to study existence problems and properties of these types of surfaces.

**Previous positions:**

- Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California Santa Barbara, 2016-2020
- C. L. E. Moore Instructor, Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013-2016

**Academic background:**

- Ph.D., Mathematics, Stanford University, 2013
- M.S. Mathematics, Peking University, 2008
- B.S. Physics and mathematics, Tsinghua University, 2006

**Last book read: **

"The Shape of a Life: One Mathematician's Search for the Universe's Hidden Geometry" by Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis

**In your own time/when not working: **

Watching sports and playing table tennis

**Courses you’re most looking forward to teaching: **

Topics in Geometry

**What most excites you about Cornell: **

The fantastic academic environment, particularly the interaction with brilliant faculty members and students, and the beautiful campus.