Allison H. Moore


I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics.

About me

My research interests are in low-dimensional topology and geometry, especially knots, links and their relationships with three and four-manifolds. This involves some Floer homology (particularly Heegaard Floer homology) and Khovanov homology. I am also interested in the applications of knot theory to the study of entanglement in DNA and RNA. I am currently supported by a Jeffress Trust Award in Interdisciplinary Research and the National Science Foundation, DMS–2204148.

Prior to arriving at VCU, I was a Krener Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Davis from 2016-2019. For two of those years, I also held a joint appointment as a postdoc in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, collaborating with the Topological Molecular Biology lab.

From 2013-2016, I was an RTG Lovett Instructor of Mathematics at Rice University, in Houston, Texas. I worked in low-dimensional topology.

I received my Ph.D. in 2013 at The University of Texas, under the direction of Cameron Gordon.

Contact Information

email: moorea14 at vcu dot edu
office: Harris Hall 4149
office hours: By Zoom appointment

Postal mail:
Dr. Allison H. Moore
Department of Mathematics & Applied Mathematics
Virginia Commonwealth University
1015 Floyd Avenue | Box 842014
Richmond, VA 23284-2014


  • Virtual Low-Dimensional Topology is a new resource for the low-dimensional topology community to stay connected while we're isolating due to the coronavirus. The aim of this site is to organize virtual activities related to low-dimensional topology. We're keeping a calendar of events, launching a research seminar (Trends in Low-Dimensional Topology), hosting virtual office hours, and providing a repository of links to other online seminars and activities. Check it out!
  • The Geometry and Topology Seminar at VCU
  • KnotInfo: The Table of Knot Invariants -- a database of knot and link invariants that I assist in maintaining.
  • The Software Archive -- an archive of software and computational tools in topology. I am a fan.

Conferences I've co-organized