Marco Mackaay was born in Amstelveen, Netherlands, in 1970. In 1995, he got his Mathematics degree at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. After that he moved to Portugal, where, in 1999, he finished my Ph.D. degree in mathematics at the Instituto Superior Técnico under the joint supervision of Louis Crane (External Adviser) and Roger Picken. His thesis was on monoidal 2 categories and 4-manifold invariants. Since 2000, he has been an Assistant Professor at the Mathematics Department of the Universidade do Algarve, Portugal. From 2000 until 2002, he took an unpaid leave and worked as a postdoctoral researcher (fellowship from the Portuguese Science Foundation) at Nottingham University, where he collaborated with John Barrett. Currently his main research interest is in the combinatorial approach to the categorification of q-algebras and applications to low-dimensional topology.
Biography Updated on 1 June 2011