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Dr Maria Yakerson

Maria Yakerson

Dr Maria Yakerson

  • Fellow and Tutor in Mathematics
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics

Dr Maria Yakerson is Fellow and Tutor in Mathematics at St Peter’s College and Associate Professor at the University of Oxford’s Mathematical Institute. Her background is in motivic homotopy theory, which applies powerful methods of algebraic topology to shed light on algebraic geometry. She was awarded the SwissMAP Innovator Prize 2022 for her joint work on motivic homotopy theory and its connection to the Hilbert scheme of points of affine spaces. You can read more about Dr Yakerson on her website here.


Dr Yakerson specialises in algebraic geometry and algebraic topology and tutors St Peter’s students in Pure Mathematics. Beyond her teaching portfolio at Oxford, she is passionate about making math and math careers accessible to young people. To this end, she manages a YouTube Channel, ‘Math-Life Balance’, which features interviews with professional mathematicians and a series of entertaining and accessible videos about abstract math.


My work is a mixture of algebraic geometry and homotopy theory. Currently, I am interested in new works on algebraic K-theory and motivic cohomology of singular schemes.

Selected publications

The Hilbert scheme of infinite affine space and algebraic K-theory (with Marc Hoyois, Joachim Jelisiejew, Denis Nardin and Burt Totaro) (to appear in the Journal of the European Mathematical Society)

Motivic infinite loop spaces (with Elden Elmanto, Marc Hoyois, Adeel Khan and Vladimir Sosnilo) Cambridge Journal of Mathematics, 9-2 (2021), 431–549.

Modules over algebraic cobordism (with Elden Elmanto, Marc Hoyois, Adeel Khan and Vladimir Sosnilo) Forum of Mathematics, Pi, 8-e14 (2020), 1-44.