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, and I am perennially interested knots and links. I work on knot invariants and operations on knots, three-manifolds, and four-manifolds --- and subsequently this means spending a lot of time in the world of Floer homology (especially Heegaard Floer homology). My work is also occasionally applicable to the natural sciences, for example, the study of enzymatic action in circular DNA.

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.
  • SnapPy-- a program for studying the topology and geometry of 3-manifolds.

Conferences I've co-organized