Alisa Knizel's research focuses on the interplay between probabilistic and algebraic properties of lattice models in statistical mechanics. Her most recent work is related to random matrix theory and interacting particle systems with applications to random growth models, traffic models and combinatorics. Before joining Barnard faculty, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago (Department of Statistics). Prior to that, she was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Mathematics at Columbia University. She received her PhD in Mathematics from MIT in 2017, advised by Alexei Borodin.