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 founding co-directors of Center for Mathematics of Living and Mimetic Matter (another co-director is Prof. I. Aronson) and Center for Interdisciplinary Mathematics (another co-director is Prof. A. Bressan )

Curriculum vitae
My research group

News & Upcoming Workshops

PDEs and Applications in Life Sciences (October 25-27, 2019, Department of Mathematics, Penn State University)

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


  • The Humboldt Prize recipient "in recognition of lifetime's research achievements, for internationally renowned scientists whose fundamental discoveries, new theories or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge academic achievements in the futureā€ (2021)

  • 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 more than 100 refereed publications and two books.