Nicoleta E. Tarfulea, Ph.D.

Chair of Mathematics and Statistics | Interim Chair of Mechanical and Civil Engineering

Professor of Mathematics



Nicoleta Tarfulea is a Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Research Overview

Her work relates to the development and analysis of biological processes that range from the subcellular molecular systems and cellular behavior to physiological problems, population biology, and developmental biology. Tarfulea has published in high-quality international journals and was invited to present her results at important conferences and workshops in USA and abroad.

Teaching Focus

She considers that teaching and learning are complex processes depending on the instructor’s teaching style, the relation between instructor and students, and, perhaps most importantly, the students’ motivation for learning the subject. A substantial portion of her efforts has always been focused toward involving her students in extracurricular activities, such as competitions and research.


Exploring the Depths of Mathematics

A substantial portion of her efforts are always focused on involving students in extracurricular activities, such as mathematical competitions and research.

Meet Professor Tarfulea



(219) 989-2707

Office Location:

Hammond Campus, CLO 378


  • Ph.D. – Mathematics, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. – Mathematics, University of Minnesota

Areas of Expertise

  • Mathematical Biology
  • Differential Equations
  • Computational Mathematics

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • PNW Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching (2019)
  • PNW Outstanding Faculty Award for Research (2018)
  • PNW Teaching Incentive Program (TIP) Award for instructional excellence (2018)