Gigliola Staffilani is the MIT Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of Mathematics since 2007, and Associate Department Head as of July, 2013. She received the B.S. equivalent from the University of Bologna in 1989, and the S.M. and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago in 1991 and 1995. Carlos Kenig was her doctoral advisor. Following a Szegö Assistant Professorship at Stanford, she had faculty appointments at Stanford, Princeton and Brown (tenured at Stanford and Brown), before joining the MIT mathematics faculty in 2002 as tenured associate professor (professor in 2006). Professor Staffilani is an analyst, with a concentration on dispersive nonlinear PDEs.
At Stanford, she received the Harold M. Bacon Memorial Teaching Award in 1997, and was given the Frederick E. Terman Award for young faculty in 1998. She was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in 1995–96 and 2003–04. She was a Sloan Fellow from 2000–02 and a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard in 2009–10. Professor Staffilani served as co-chair of the Graduate Student Committee in Pure Mathematics from 2009–2013. In 2013 she became an AMS Fellow and a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Science.