Ihsan Topaloglu

Ihsan Topaloglu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Grace E. Harris Hall, 1015 Floyd Ave., room 4151a


  • Ph.D. in Mathematics, Indiana University Bloomington [Thesis: “An Isoperimetric Problem with Nonlocal Long-range Interactions”; Adviser: Peter J. Sternberg]
  • M.S. in Mathematics, Bogazici University [Thesis: “Variational methods for nonlinear elliptic partial differential equations with nonlocal terms”; Adviser: Alp Eden]
  • B.S. in Mathematics, Bogazici University

Research Interests

Topaloglu's research interests lie primarily in the calculus of variations, partial differential equations and geometric measure theory, with a focus on problems arising from materials science, biology and physics. In particular, he is interested in the analysis of non-convex and nonlocal constrained variational problems which result in energy-driven pattern formations.


  • 2016-Present Assistant Professor, VCU
  • 2014-2016, Fields-Ontario Postdoctoral Fellow, McMaster University
  • 2012-2014, Postdoctoral Fellow, McGill University