Ezra Miller

Ezra Miller

Professor of Mathematics

External address: 
209 Physics Bldg, 120 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708-0320
(919) 660-2846

Dr. Miller is the co-principal investigator for the National Science Foundation Phase II Noyce Fellowship program, and the NSF Capacity Building Noyce Fellowship grant.


Professor Miller's research centers around problems in geometry, algebra, topology, combinatorics, statistics, probability, and computation originating in mathematics and the sciences, including biology, chemistry, computer science, and medical imaging.

The techniques range, for example, from abstract algebraic geometry or commutative algebra of ideals and varieties to concrete metric or discrete geometry of polyhedral spaces; from deep topological constructions such as equivariant K-theory and stratified Morse theory to elementary simplicial and persistent homology; from functorial perspectives on homological algebra in the derived category to specific constructions of complexes based on combinatorics of cell decompositions; from geodesic contraction applied to central limit theorems for samples from stratified spaces to dynamics of explicit polynomial vector fields on polyhedra.

Beyond motivations from within mathematics, the sources of these problems lie in, for example, graphs and trees in evolutionary biology and medical imaging; mass-action kinetics of chemical reactions; computational geometry, symbolic computation, and combinatorial game theory; and geometric statistics of data sampled from highly non-Euclidean spaces.  Examples of datasets under consideration include MRI images of blood vessels in human brains, vein structures in fruit fly wings for developmental morphological studies, and weather data.


  • Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley 2000
  • B.S., Brown University 1995

Dickenstein, A, Matusevich, LF, and Miller, E. "Combinatorics of binomial primary decomposition." Mathematische Zeitschrift 264.4 (2010): 745-763. Full Text

Knutson, A, Miller, E, and Yong, A. "Gröbner geometry of vertex decompositions and of flagged tableaux." Journal fur die Reine und Angewandte Mathematik 630 (2009): 1-31. Full Text

Jow, SY, and Miller, E. "Multiplier ideals of sums via cellular resolutions." Mathematical Research Letters 15.2-3 (March 1, 2008): 359-373.

Miller, E, and Pak, I. "Metric combinatorics of convex polyhedra: Cut loci and nonoverlapping unfoldings." Discrete and Computational Geometry 39.1-3 (2008): 339-388. Full Text

Ezra, M, and Speyer, DE. "A kleiman-bertini theorem for sheaf tensor products." Journal of Algebraic Geometry 17.2 (2008): 335-340.

Jow, S-Y, and Miller, E. "Multiplier ideals of sums via cellular resolutions." Mathematical Research Letters 15.2-3 (2008): 359-373.

Miller, E. "What is.. a toric variety?." Notices of the American Mathematical Society 55.5 (2008): 586-587.

Knutson, A, Miller, E, and Yong, A. "Tableau complexes." Israel Journal of Mathematics 163 (2008): 317-343. Full Text

Shin Yao Jow, . "Multiplier ideals of sums via cellular resolutions." Mathematical Research Letters 15.2 (2008): 359-373. (Academic Article)

Ning Jia, . "Duality of antidiagonals and pipe dreams." Séminaire Lotharingien de Combinatoire 58 (2007). (Academic Article)