Clara Chan

Lecturer in Mathematics

Combinatorics of polyhedral complexes, cryptology, comparative genomics.

I have done mathematical research in very disparate fields, ranging from combinatorics of polyhedral complexes to cryptology to comparative genomics. My current research identifies and compares stop codon readthrough in the mosquito and fly genomes.

I have taught mathematics at MIT, Virginia Tech, and Wesleyan University, and coached both of my childrens' middle school math teams. I enjoyed all of these math teaching experiences very much and look forward to teaching at Wellesley this fall.

In my free time I enjoy playing piano trios, quartets, and quintets, and sometimes performing. I also organize a classical music concert series in Newton, MA.

Curriculum Vitae


  • A.B., Harvard University
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology