Youness Lamzouri joins the Department of Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he held a J. L. Doob Research Assistant Professor appointment.
Lamzouri’s research interests are in analytic and probabilistic number theory. He studies questions related to the distribution of prime numbers, Riemann’s Zeta function and L-functions, as well as character sums and multiplicative functions.
“I use methods from analysis, probability and combinatorics to study fundamental questions in number theory such as the distribution of prime numbers,” he says. “The primes are the building blocks of natural numbers in the same way that atoms are the building blocks of nature. Our credit cards and the nation’s defense secrets are kept secure by modern encryption methods based on large prime numbers.”