Background
I hail from Bucharest, Romania. I did my undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Bucharest. Here is a picture from those days.
For my graduate studies, I went to Columbia University, receiving my Ph.D. degree in 1984. Here is a picture from around that time, taken in Cambridge, UK.
After a J.W. Gibbs Instructorship at Yale University, I came in 1986 to Northeastern University, where I've been ever since.
Research
My research interests are in Topology, and how it relates to Algebra, Geometry, and Combinatorics.
I currently investigate cohomology jumping loci, and their applications to algebraic varieties, lowdimensional
topology, and toric topology, such as the study of hyperplane arrangements, Milnor fibrations, moment angle complexes,
configuration spaces, and various classes of knots, links, and manifolds, as well as the homology
and lower central series of discrete groups. Below are some recent papers and preprints
(click here and
here for a complete list).

Combinatorial covers and vanishing of cohomology (with G. Denham and S. Yuzvinsky), Selecta Math. 22 (2016), no. 2, 561594.

Around the tangent cone theorem, Configurations Spaces: Geometry, Topology and Representation Theory, 139, Springer INdAM series, vol. 14, Springer, Cham, 2016.

Flat connections and resonance varieties: from rank one to higher ranks (with A.D. Macinic, S. Papadima, C.R. Popescu), Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 369 (2017), no. 2, 13091343.

On the topology of the Milnor fibration of a hyperplane arrangement, Rev. Roumaine Math. Pures Appl. 62 (2017), no. 1, 191215.

The Milnor fibration of a hyperplane arrangement: from modular resonance to algebraic monodromy (with S. Papadima), Proc. London Math. Soc. 114 (2017), no. 6, 9611004.

Pure virtual braids, resonance, and formality (with H. Wang), Math. Zeit. 286 (2017), no. 34, 14951524.

Abelian duality and propagation of resonance (with G. Denham and S. Yuzvinsky), Selecta Math. 23 (2017), no. 4, 23312367.

The pure braid groups and their relatives (with H. Wang), in: Perspectives in Lie theory, 403426, Springer INdAM series, vol. 19, Springer, Cham, 2017.

Functional classification of protein structures by local structure matching in graph representation (with C. Mills, R. Garg, J. S. Lee, L. Tian, G. Cooperman, P. J. Beuning, and M. J. Ondrechen), Protein Science 27 (2018), no. 6, 11251135.

Local systems on arrangements of smooth, complex algebraic hypersurfaces (with G. Denham), Forum Math. Sigma 6 (2018), e6, 20 pages, doi:10.1017/fms.2018.5.

The topology of compact Lie group actions through the lens of finite models (with S. Papadima), Int. Math. Res. Notices IMRN (2018).

Rank two topological and infinitesimal embedded jump loci of quasiprojective manifolds (with S. Papadima), J. Inst. Math. Jussieu (2018).

Infinitesimal finiteness obstructions (with S. Papadima), J. London Math. Soc (2018).

Cup products, lower central series, and holonomy Lie algebras (with H. Wang), J. Pure Appl. Alg. (2018).

Residually finite rationally p groups (with T. Koberda), Commun. Contemp. Math. (to appear)

Formality properties of finitely generated groups and Lie algebras (with H. Wang), preprint April 2015, revised Aug. 2016.

Naturality properties and comparison results for topological and infinitesimal embedded jump loci (with S. Papadima), preprint Sept. 2016.

Chen ranks and resonance varieties of the upper McCool groups (with H. Wang), preprint Apr. 2018.

Poincaré duality and resonance varieties, preprint Sept. 2018.

Cohomology jump loci of 3manifolds, Preprint Jan. 2019.
Teaching
I teach a variety of math courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. If you are interested in taking a directed study course or a reading course with me (in addition to those courses regularly offered), please contact me.

In Spring 2015, I taught MATH 4970, a Senior Honors Project in Knot Theory.

In Fall 2015, I taught MATH 3150, an undergraduate course in Real Analysis, and
MATH 5121, a graduate Topology 1 course.

In Spring 2016, I taught MATH 4565, an undergraduate course in Topology.

In Fall 2016, I taught MATH 3150, an undergraduate course in Real Analysis, and
MATH 7221, a graduate Topology 2 course.

In Spring 2017, I taught MATH 7321, a graduate Topology 3 course.

In Spring 2018, I taught MATH 4565, an undergraduate course in Topology.

In Fall 2018, I taught MATH 7221, a graduate Topology 2 course.