Elisa Postinghel

Associate professor

Department of Mathematics

Via Sommarive, 14 - 38123 Povo
tel. 0461 283845
elisa.postinghel[at]unitn [dot] it
  • 2010: PhD in Mathematics, University Roma Tre, Advisor Prof. Ciro Ciliberto (University of Tor Vergata) 
  • 2006: Master degree in Mathematics, University of Trento, Advisor Prof. Roberto Pignatelli 
  • 2003: Bachelor degree in Mathematics, University of Trento, Advisor Prof. Marco Andreatta
Academic career and teaching activities

Academic career:

  • September 2020 to present: Ricercatore Senior in Geometry, Università di Trento
  • August 2016 to August 2020: Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Loughborough 
  • November 2103 to July 2016: post-doctoral fellow, KU Leuven - FWO 
  • November 2012 to October 2013: post-doctoral fellow, Institute of Mathematics of the Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw 
  • October 2010 to October 2012: post-doctoral fellow, Centre of Mathematics for Applications, University of Oslo 


Research interests

My work is in Algebraic Geometry with connections to Commutative Algebra and Combinatorics. My research interests span topics such as polynomial interpolation problems on higher dimensional varieties and their birational aspects, Mori dream spaces, positivity properties of divisors, duality of cones of divisors and curves, the minimal model program, secant varieties and tensor decomposition as well as general aspects of toric and tropical geometry.

Memberships in societies and scientific committees
  • UMI (Unione Matematica Italiana)
  • EWM - European Women in Mathematics
  • INdAM - GNSAGA (Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica, Gruppo di Geometria e Algebra)
  • LMS (London Mathematical Society, until 2020)
Awards and honours
  • PRIN 2022 Birational geometry of moduli spaces and special varieties (PI Alex Massarenti), Italy, amount ca. 187.500 EUR
  • Grant EPSRC New Investigator Award (Principal Investigator) “Classifying Algebraic varieties via Newton-Okounkov bodies", Period of award 12/2018-07/2020, United Kingdom, amount 203.000 GBP
  • GRAnD mini-CDT (Co-I), Period of Award 10/2017 – 03/2021, Centre for Doctoral Training to explore Geometry and its Applications, EPSRC/Loughborough University, UK, amount ca. 350.000 GBP
  • Grant FWO postdoctoral fellowship “Secant varieties in particular of Segre and Segre-Veronese varieties; rank and border rank of tensors. Linear systems of hypersurfaces of P^n (and other projective varieties) with prescribed multiple base points or cycles”, Period of award: 11/2013 - 07/2016, Belgium, amount ca. 250.000 EUR
  • Scolarship INdAM for undergraduate students in Mathematics, Academic Years  2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03
Other work

PhD students:

  • Luis José Santana Sánchez (PhD 2021, Loughborough Univ.)
  • Tim Grange (PhD 2021, Loughborough Univ.)


  • Liana Heuberger (2019-2020, Loughborough Univ.)
  • Alex Casarotti (2021-2023, Univ. di Trento)