Jennifer K. Mann Austin, Ph.D. is a Lecturer of Mathematics and Undergraduate Mathematics Faculty Advisor at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Austin chairs the mathematics college readiness committee and serves on various departmental, college, and university committees focused on undergraduate education. She helped establish and is now the faculty sponsor for the UT Austin Student Chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics. Fulfilling her passion of outreach, Dr. Austin co-organizes the Mathematics Teachers Circle of Austin, volunteers for Best of Texas, CNS Family Day, and Explore UT, and serves as a VBC Science Leader.

Dr. Austin's passion for knots began during her childhood when she tied and untied macroscopic, practical knots on a farm in rural West Tennessee and at Girl Scout Camp Hazlewood. Dr. Austin completed a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, a Master’s of Science in Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of South Alabama, and a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Mathematics and a Doctorate in Mathematics from the Department of Mathematics at The Florida State University. As a biomedical mathematics doctoral student, Dr. Austin was jointly advised by Professor De Witt L. Sumners at The Florida State University and Professor E. Lynn Zechiedrich at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

Dr. Austin’s interests include undergraduate mathematics education, mathematical outreach, inquiry-based learning, geometry, topology, knot theory, biomedical applications of mathematics, DNA topology, and protein-DNA interactions.

Academic Positions

  • 2014-PresentLecturer and Undergraduate Mathematics Faculty Advisor

    Mathematics Department
    University of Texas, Austin

  • 2011-2013Lecturer and Assistant Undergraduate Mathematics Faculty Advisor

    Mathematics Department
    University of Texas, Austin

  • 2010-2011Lecturer

    Mathematics Department
    University of Texas, Austin

  • 2007-2010Lecturer and RTG Postdoctoral Fellow

    Mathematics Department
    University of Texas, Austin

  • 2002-2007Research Assistant

    Molecular Virology and Microbiology Department
    Baylor College of Medicine

  • 2000-2007Research Assistant

    Mathematics Department
    Florida State University

Honors, Awards, and Grants


2013Teaching Excellence Award

Awarded by the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas, Austin

2007Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research Training Grant Postdoctoral Fellowship in Topology, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2007-2010

1999Predoctoral Fellowship

Program in Mathematics and Molecular Biology Predoctoral Fellowship, Burroughs WellcomeFund Interfaces Program, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1999-2007

Current Courses


Previous Courses

M329F Theory of Interest
MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am in CPE 2.212

This course covers the content for the SOA Exam FM. Topics include nominal and effective interest and discount rates, general accumulation functions and force of interest, yield rates, annuities including those with non-level payment patterns, amortization of loans, sinking funds, bonds, spot and forward rates, interest rate swaps, duration, and immunization. See for further details regarding the FM exam.

Course website

M325K Discrete Mathematics
MWF 12:00 - 12:50 pm RLM 5.124

This is a first course that emphasizes understanding and creating proofs. Therefore, it provides a transition from the problem-solving approach of calculus to the entirely rigorous approach of advanced courses such as M365C or M373K. The number of topics required for coverage has been kept modest so as to allow adequate time for students to develop theorem-proving skills.

Course website



Topological Information Embodied in Local Juxtaposition Geometry Provides a Statistical Mechanical Basis forUnknotting by Type-2 DNA Topoisomerases

Journal of Molecular Biology 361, 268-285 (2006)
Zhirong Liu, Jennifer K. Mann, E. Lynn Zechiedrich and Hue SunChan
Publisher's website

Hin-Mediated DNA Knotting and Recombination Promote Replicon Dysfunction and Mutation

BMC Mol Biol 8:44 (25 May 2007)
Richard W. Deibler, Jennifer K. Mann, De Witt L. Sumners and E. Lynn Zechiedrich
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Contact Me



To schedule an advising appointment with me you may stop by the Math, Physics, and Astronomy Advising Center in RLM 4.101 or call (512) 471-0900. You can also email the center

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