Dr Priscila Leal da Silva

Newton International Fellow

Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC)

Priscila Leal da Silva is a Newton International Fellow at Loughborough University and Lecturer in Mathematics at Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil. Priscila joined the School of Science, Mathematical Sciences, in September 2021 to work with Professor Sara Lombardo.

Her research focuses on mathematical properties of partial differential equations with applications in other fields of science. Of particular interest is the study of solutions and their qualitative aspects. Her current project ('The onset of instabilities in PDEs: from analysis to algebraic geometry') deals with stability of solutions, that is, understanding how a system behaves in time after external perturbations. The study of stability is relevant in many fields of science and the onset of instabilities explains phenomena such as aircraft turbulence and the occurrence of anomalous waves in the ocean.

Born and raised in the metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil, Priscila is a two-time Brazilian national champion of checkers, having represented her country twice in World Championships. She holds two BS degrees from Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil, one in Science and Technology (2011) and one in Mathematics (2013). She received her PhD in Mathematics from Universidade Federal do ABC (2016), being the first thesis in Mathematics to be ever defended in the University. Her research dealt with the investigation of explicit solutions for integrable systems. Prior to coming to Loughborough University, Priscila was a research associate at Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil, where her interest migrated to study existence and uniqueness of solutions in several spaces.

IAS Research Seminar