About me

Leonid Berlyand I am an applied mathematician working on modeling, analysis and simulations of problems in biology, materials science and physics. The mathematical focus of my research is on PDEs and variational problems.

I am one of two co-directors of Center for Mathematics of Living and Mimetic Matter (another co-director is Prof. I. Aronson)

Curriculum vitae

Contact Information


Department of Mathematics
337 McAllister Building
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802


Office: (814) 863-9683
Fax: (814) 865-3735
Department: (814) 865-7527


berlyand (at) math.psu.edu


  • Honorary Professor (Professoris Honoris Causa) of the Moscow State University "for his important contribution to Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics" (2017)

  • C.I. Noll Award for excellence in teaching, Penn State University (2004)
    Annual recognition of an outstanding faculty member in the Eberly College of Science

  • The PI on NIH (National Institute of Health) RO1 grant "Collaborative Research: Predictive modeling of collective swimming in bacterial suspensions" (2012-2017).
    My research also has been funded by NSF (National Science Foundation), DOE (US Department of Energy), and private industry.

  • Author of about 100 refereed publications and a textbook.

  • Two recent publications in Scientific Reports: Nature Publishing Group (2013, 2015), impact factor: 5.578, senior author on both publications