Mouhamadou Sy

Mouhamadou Sy

Imperial College London





Research interests:

  • Partial Differential Equations
  • Stochastic Analysis



Nonlinear Schrödinger, Wave Equations ; Supercritical Equations ; Invariant Measures ; Euler and Navier-Stokes type Equations ;

KPZ universality 


I did my undergraduate and graduate studies at Université de Cergy-Pontoise (on the picture), with one undergraduate year spent at Université de Versailles-Saint Quentin.

  • 2014-2017; Ph.D. Mathematics, Université de Cergy-Pontoise. Advisors: Prof. Armen Shirikyan and Prof. Nikolay Tzvetkov. Title: Invariant measures for Hamiltonian PDEs. Defended on December 11th 2017.
  • 2012-2014: M.Sc. Mathematics, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, with honors
  • 2009-2012: B.Sc. Mathematics, Université de Cergy-Pontoise, with honors
  • 2009: Baccalauréat C (option Maths) in Mauritania
  • 2003-2009: Collège-Lycée de Kaédi (middle and high school), Mauritania
  • 1997-2003: Ecole de Bélinabé (elementary school), Mauritania






After my thesis defense in December 2017, I worked for one year at Université de Cergy-Pontoise as Research assistant and lecturer. Then I moved to the United States in August 2018, at University of Virginia, where I worked during three years as Whyburn Research Associate. 

 I then joined Imperial College London in June 2021 as Research Associate in the team of Prof. Martin Hairer.

In August 2022, I joined Johns Hopkins University as a visiting professor.

From August 2023, I am the holder of the German Research Chair in 'Mathematics and its Applications' at AIMS Senegal.


(Photo taken at the AIMS Centre in Mbour, Senegal)


I was born and raised in a small village in the southern part of Mauritania. I appreciated my childhood environment on the right bank of the Senegal river where typical Fulani cultural features (folk songs and music, tales and riddles in the moonlight, traditional games, etc...) played the role of distraction as well as of a first training. However, going to school in such village, at that time in Mauritania, was a big deal. My village had serious lack of classrooms, teachers and school equipment. Several times, we had to do classes under big trees around and to sit on the ground (my first bench was after four years of school). But I met there wonderful teachers who deeply marked me.

Later on, after elementary school and obtaining the so known nationwide competition to enter middle school, I had to move to the city (Kaedi) located at 7km in the east of my village. The cost of transport (and its scarcity in early mornings) implied to stay the week in the city. It was hard because the life was so different. But, I found there institutions like Alliance Française (where the picture was taken) where I reoriented my hobbies. At Alliance, I was delighted to actively participate to several activities including writing, poetry, theatre, drawing; I also published regularly in the Alliance's monthly journal (QUI A DIT?) and participated to several competitions (this was how I ended up having my own library :D). Actually, Alliance provided me a framework that naturally extended my early-age favorite activities (writing and drawing). These activities were in parallel with my math major studies at Lycée de Kaédi.