
Jennifer Austin
Associate Professor of Instruction
Department of MathematicsUndergraduate Mathematics Faculty Advisor; DNA Topologyjmann@math.utexas.edu
Phone: 5124710900
Office Location
PMA 11.150
Postal Address
2515 SPEEDWAY
AUSTIN, TX 78712

Ph.D., Florida State University (2007)
Dr. Austin’s interests include undergraduate mathematics education, mathematics outreach, inquirybased learning, geometry, topology, knot theory, biomedical applications of mathematics, DNA topology, and proteinDNA interactions.

Topological Information Embodied in Local Juxtaposition Geometry Provides a Statistical Mechanical Basis for Unknotting by Type2 DNA Topoisomerases, Zhirong Liu, Jennifer K. Mann, E. Lynn Zechiedrich and Hue Sun Chan, (2006) J Mol Biol 361, 268285.
HinMediated DNA Knotting and Recombination Promote Replicon Dysfunction and Mutation, Richard W. Deibler^{*}, Jennifer K. Mann^{*}, De Witt L. Sumners and E. Lynn Zechiedrich. (2007) BMC Mol Biol 8:44 (25 May 2007). (^{*}The first two authors contributed equally to this work.)

John R. Durbin Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2020
College of Natural Sciences Faculty Advisor Award, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2016
Great Ideas in Mathematics Course Development Grant, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2015
College of Natural Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, 2013
Research Training Grant Postdoctoral Fellowship in Topology, The University of Texas at Austin, TX, 20072010
Program in Mathematics and Molecular Biology Predoctoral Fellowship, Burroughs Wellcome Fund Interfaces Program, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL and Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 19992007

Recent Invited Lectures
Women Breaking through Conference, St. Philip’s College, San Antonio, TX, October 14, 2017, “Not Just a Knot”
Biweekly Seminar, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, TX, March 13, 2017, “A Tutorial on the Topology of DNA”
Local Seminars
Mathematics Teachers' Circle of Austin 2018 Summer Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, June 27, 2018, “Exploring the Platonic Solids”
Texas Chautauqua XI: Beauty in Science, The University of Texas at Austin, April 5, 2018, “To Be or Not to Be”
Mathematics Teachers' Circle of Austin, The University of Texas at Austin, February 23, 2017, “To Infinity and Beyond!”
Mathematics Teachers' Circle of Austin 2016 Summer Workshop, The University of Texas at Austin, June 23, 2016, “Games!”
Mathematics Teachers' Circle, Texas Lutheran University, February 18, 2016, “Fibonacci Numbers”
Mathematics Teachers' Circle of Austin, The University of Texas at Austin, February 26, 2015, “Puzzles,
Bands, and Knots”Saturday Morning Math Group, The University of Texas at Austin
April 4, 2009, “Not Just a Knot”
November 15, 2014, “DNA Knotting”
February 17, 2018, “Not Just a Knot”Association for Women in Mathematics UT Student Chapter, The University of Texas at Austin, October 8, 2012, “To Be or Knot to be a Mathematician”
UT Math Club, The University of Texas at Austin
January 23, 2008, “DNA & Knot Theory”
April 14, 2010, “Knotty Biology”
February 1, 2012, “Topoisomerase: Knotenlöserin”
February 14, 2017, “Mathematics, Mentoring, and Motherhood”Topological and Cellular Biology Group, The University of Texas at Austin
May 11, 2010, Topology of Mitotic Chromatin
March 2, 2010, Discussion of “DNA supercoiling inhibits DNA knotting”
April 15, 2008, “Type II Topoisomerase Models”
October 23, 2007, “Resolution of DNA Knotting”
October 2, 2007, “Biological Consequences of DNA Knotting”Explore UT Public Lecture, The University of Texas at Austin, March 1, 2008, “DNA Knotting: Consequences and Resolution”
Graduate Seminar Introduction to Research, The University of Texas at Austin, January 22, 2008, “DNA Knotting: Consequences & Resolution”
Women in Mathematics Panel Discussion, The University of Texas at Austin, October 17, 2007
Topology Seminar, The University of Texas at Austin, October 1, 2007, “DNA Topology”

Introduction to Mathematics, M302, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Summer 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Summer 2019, Fall 2019, Summer 2020
Introduction to Financial Mathematics for Actuaries, M 339D/389D, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2020
Theory of Interest, M329F, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019
Theory of Interest, M389F, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2013, Fall 2018
Honors Tutorial Course, M379H, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2018
Introduction to Number Theory, M328K, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2008, Fall 2014
Discrete Mathematics, M325K, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Summer 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2013, Summer 2013, Summer 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020
Topology I, M367K, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2009, Spring 2015, Spring 2016
Conference Course in Applied Topology, M275T, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2016
Conference Course in Discrete Mathematics, M375T, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2015
Multivariable Calculus, M408M, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2011
Matrices and Matrix Calculations, M340L, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2011
Sequences, Series, and Multivariable Calculus, M408D, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2007, Summer 2010, Fall 2010
Integral Calculus, M408L, The University of Texas at Austin, Summer 2010
Applied Topology, M367L, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2010
Differential & Integral Calculus, M408C, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2009, Summer 2012
Conference Course in Mathematical Models of Topoisomerase, The University of Texas at Austin, Fall 2009
Conference Course in Topology & Graph Theory, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 2009