Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2021
    Associate Vice-president for student affairs and outreach

  • Since 2019
    Full professor, EPFL

  • 2015 – 2019
    Associate professor, EPFL

  • 2014
    Research professor in the algebraic topology program (one semester), Mathematical Sciences Research Institute

  • 1999 – 2014
    Adjunct professor, EPFL

  • 1999 – 2000
    Visiting professor, University of Stockholm (fellowship from the Swedish NSF)

  • 1998 – 1999
    Scientific collaborator, EPFL

  • 1994
    Visiting researcher (one month), Université de Louvain-la-Neuve

  • 1993 – 1999
    Lecturer (Chargée de cours), EPFL

  • 1985
    BSc with honors in mathematics, The University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • 1989
    PhD in mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • 1993
    Visiting researcher (one month), Mittag-Leffler Institute

  • 1992 – 1998
    First assistant (position "relève académique"), EPFL

  • 1991 – 1992
    Assistant, EPFL

  • 1991
    Visiting professor (one semester), University of Toronto

  • 1990
    Visiting researcher (one semester), University of Nice

  • 1989 – 1990
    Visiting researcher (one year), University of Stockholm (fellowship from the Swedish NSF)

  • 1989
    Visiting researcher (one month), University of Lille, and 1992

  • 1985 – 1989
    Teaching and research assistant, MIT

Selected publications

  • L. Kanari, S. Ramaswamy, Y. Shi, S. Morand, J. Meystre, R. Perin, M. Abdellah, Y. Wang, K. Hess, and H. Markram, Objective classification of neocortical pyramidal cells, Cerebral Cortex (2019) bhy339, https://doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhy339.

  • W. Dwyer, K. Hess, and B. Knudsen, Configuration spaces of products, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 371 (2019) 2963-2985.

  • L. Kanari, P. Dłotko, M. Scolamiero, R. Levi, J. C. Shillcock, K. Hess, and H. Markram, A topological representation of branching morphologies, Neuroinformatics (2017) doi: 10.1007/s12021-017-9341-1.

  • M. W. Reimann, M. Nolte, M. Scolamiero, K. Turner, R. Perin, G. Chindemi, P. Dłotko, R. Levi, K. Hess, and H. Markram, Cliques of neurons bound into cavities provide a missing link between structure and function, Front. Comput. Neurosci., 12 June 2017, doi: 10.3389/fncom.2017.00048.

  • Y. Lee, S. Barthel, S. Mohammad Moosavi, P. Dłotko, K. Hess, and B. Smit, Quantifying similarity of pore-geometry in nanoporous materials, Nature Communications (2017) doi: 10.1038/ncomms15396.

  • K. Hess, M. Kedziorek, E. Riehl, and B. Shipley, A necessary and sufficient condition for induced model structure, J. Topology 10 (2017) 324-369.

  • K. Hess and B. Shipley. Waldhausen K-theory of spaces via comodules, in Adv. Math., vol. 290, p. 1075-1137, 2016.

  • C. Brisken, K. Hess Bellwald and R. Jeitziner. Progesterone and Overlooked Endocrine Pathways in Breast Cancer Pathogenesis, in Endocrinology, vol. 156, num. 10, p. 3442-50, 2015.

  • J. E. Harper and K. Hess. Homotopy completion and topological Quillen homology of structured ring spectra, in Geometry & Topology, vol. 17, num. 3, p. 1325-1416, 2013.

  • W. Dwyer and K. Hess. Long knots and maps between operads, in Geometry and Topology, vol. 16, p. 919-955, 2012.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Pure math projects

  • Homotopical Galois and Hopf-Galois theory, in a general model category context and for motivic spaces and spectra in particular

  • Analysis of spaces of long embeddings in terms of operadic structures

  • Elaboration of a coalgebraic approach to Waldhausen K-theory, including approximations via coHochschild homology

  • Elaboration of general framework for homotopical calculus theories

Applied projects

  • Topological analysis of the digital reconstruction of a microcircuit of neurons recently published by the Blue Brain Project.

  • Towards objective classification of branching morphologies (e.g., neurons) through topology

  • Topological classification of nanoporous crystalline materials, to facilitate the search for high-performance materials

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Member of the expert committee for promotion of STEM fields of the Swiss Academy of Arts and Sciences, since 2021

  • Member of the expert committee of the Labex CEMPI, since 2020

  • Member of the scientific committee of the Fondation Mathématique Jacques Hadamard, since 2020

  • Member of the scientific committee of the EUR Maths-Info of Paris 13, since 2020

  • Member of the International Advisory Committee for ICM 2022, since 2019

  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Topological Data Analysis at Oxford University, since 2018

  • Member of the Standing Committee of the association of European Women in Mathematics, since 2016

  • Member of the selection committee for the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, 2013 – 2014, 2016

  • Chair of the committee evaluating undergraduate mathematics education in all Swedish universities, 2012 – 2015

  • Member of the mathematics panel of the international commission evaluating KTH in its Research Assessment Exercise, 2012

  • Since 2004: Member of the selection committee for choosing a new professor for the mathematics departments of the Universities of Aalborg (2005, 2009, 2015), Bergen (2004), Copenhagen (2015), ETHZ (2014), Göteborg (2015), Lille (2012), Nijmegen (2012, 2014), Osnabrück (2012), Paris XIII (2015), Stockholm (2014), and Trondheim (2006, 2012, 2013), and for promotion to professor at KTH (2010) and Copenhagen (2012, 2014). Reviewer for creation of Junior Research Group at FU Berlin (2013)

  • Member of the international commission evaluating the mathematics departments of all Swedish universities, 2001

  • Reviewer of grant applications for the U.S. National Science Foundation, the Norwegian Research Council, the Academy of Finland, the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, the European Research Commission (EURYI prize), France's National Research Agency, Canada's National Science and Engineering Research Council, Georgia's Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, and the Research Foundation-Flanders, since 2000

  • Since 1992: Member of thesis and habilitation juries in Aalborg (3), Aberdeen, Copenhagen (2), Lausanne (5), Lille (4), Louvain-la-Neuve (2), Nantes, Nice, Nijmegen, Oslo, Paris (2), Sheffield, Singapore, Stockholm (3), Trondheim (2), and Utrecht (2). Reporter for theses in Angers and Paris

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • Experienced and skilled manager in academic settings

  • Experienced and skilled at developing and managing interdisciplinary research projects


Other activities and achievements/family

  • Mother of four children, born in 1992, 1995, 1998, 2002

  • Member of the editorial board of Algebraic and Geometric Topology (since 2001, chief editor since 2012), Communications of the American Mathematical Society (since 2021), Journal of Applied and Computational Topology (since 2016), Network Neuroscience (since 2019), Publicacions Matematiques (since 2007), and Theory and Applications of Categories (since 2011)

  • Co-organizer of numerous international conferences and workshops

  • Founder of the Cours Euler (fast-paced math program for highly gifted children): http://euler.epfl.ch.

  • Organizer of numerous activities benefitting women in mathematics

  • Frequent participant in varied outreach activities


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