Professor Marta Mazzocco PhD FIMA

Professor Marta Mazzocco

School of Mathematics
Professor of Mathematics

Contact details

School of Mathematics
Watson building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Mazzocco is a specialist in the area of integrable systems, namely mathematical problems often motivated by Mathematical Physics that present unexpected beauty - a serendipity of geometric/algebraic/analytical structures that make a very complicated problem solvable in some sense. Her research brings geometry, quantum algebra and analysis together to describe and tackle problems which have so far resisted all other methods. 

Professor Mazzocco has an outstanding record in attracting external funding. In 2003, she obtained an EPSRC First Grant while still on a temporary job; according to the EPSRC administrators, this is very rare, if not the unique case they know of. In 2006, she was awarded an EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship for 5 years, then in 2008, 2011, 2017 three further major EPSRC research grants.

Professor Mazzocco is a keen advocate of the importance of basic research and its role in society. She believes that in the current funding landscape that emphasises socio-economic impact, it is paramount to nurture interdisciplinary research as well as to raise the profile of the unique contribution that basic research (and in particular Mathematical Sciences) brings to the overall research base, the economy and society - this has driven her to become a member of the Council of the European Mathematical Society; of the Institute of Mathematics and Applications Research Committee; and of the London Mathematical Society Nominating Committee.  

Professor Mazzocco is also a passionate in promoting Equality and Diversity initiatives both within her own University and internationally. In her previous position at Loughborough University she has successfully led my department to win an Athena SWAN silver award (one of only 5 mathematics departments in the UK to have achieved this), and has acted as director of Equality and Diversity for the School of Science.


Professor of Mathematics:

  • March 2004: French qualification to apply for full professorships in pure and applied mathematics.
  • October 1998: Ph.D. in Mathematical Physics, SISSA, International School for Advanced Studies, Trieste, Italy.
  • July 1994: Laurea in Mathematical Physics (equivalent to MPhil.), University of Padova, Italy.

Postgraduate supervision

My main research interest is in the area of Integrable Systems, namely mathematical problems often motivated by Mathematical Physics that present unexpected beauty - a serendipity of geometric/algebraic/analytical structures that make a very complicated the problem solvable in some sense. In particular my interests include special functions, combinatorial aspects of Teichmuller theory and their quantisation, Cherednik algebras, cluster algebras and applications of random matrix models.

Other activities

Member of the Council of the European Mathematical Society

Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications research Committee

Member of Senate at UoB



Recent publications


Mazzocco, M, Chekhov, L & Rubtsov, V 2021, 'Quantised Painlevé monodromy manifolds, Sklyanin and Calabi-Yau algebras', Advances in Mathematics, vol. 376, 107442.

Mazzocco, M 2020, 'Stokes Phenomenon Arising in the Confluence of the Gauss Hypergeometric Equation', Springer Proceedings in Mathematics and Statistics.

Chekhov, L & Mazzocco, M 2018, 'Colliding holes in Riemann surfaces and quantum cluster algebras', Nonlinearity, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 54–107.

Mazzocco, M & Koornwinder, T 2018, 'Dualities in the q‐Askey Scheme and degenerate DAHA', Studies in Applied Mathematics.

Calligaris, P & Mazzocco, M 2018, 'Finite orbits of the pure braid group on the monodromy of the 2-variable Garnier system', Journal of Integrable Systems, vol. 3, pp. 1-35.

Chekhov, L & Mazzocco, M 2018, 'On a Poisson homogeneous space of bilinear forms with a Poisson–Lie action', Russian Mathematical Surveys, vol. 72, no. 6, pp. 1109-1156.

Chekhov, L, Mazzocco, M & Rubtsov, V 2017, 'Painlevé monodromy manifolds, decorated character varieties, and cluster algebras', International Mathematics Research Notices, vol. 2017, no. 24, pp. 7639–7691.

Mazzocco, M 2016, 'Confluences of the Painlevé equations, Cherednik algebras and q-Askey scheme', Nonlinearity, vol. 29, no. 9, pp. 2565–2608.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Mazzocco, M, Chekhov, L & Rubtsov, V 2018, Algebras of quantum monodromy data and character varieties. in A Festschrift in honour of Nigel Hitchin.; 978-0-19-880200-6

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