Cecilia Holmgren

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor at Department of Mathematics, Probability Theory and Combinatorics

+4618-471 3278
Mobile phone:
+46 70 4250469
Visiting address:
Room ÅNG 74114 Lägerhyddsvägen 1, Hus 1, 6 och 7

Postal address:
Box 480
751 06 UPPSALA

Short presentation

My research area is probability theory and combinatorics, specifically random graphs.

List of publications.

A short presentation of myself is given in the biography field below.

Academic merits: PhD

My specific field of research is random graphs, especially random trees. I defended my PhD thesis “Split Trees, Cuttings and Explosions” in Uppsala in February, 2010 with Prof. Svante Janson as primary supervisor. Thereafter I spent two years abroad on a postdoc fellowship from the Swedish Research Council (VR), the first 8 months at INRIA in Paris with Prof. Philippe Flajolet and Dr Nicolas Broutin and then for 1½ years at Univ of Cambridge with Prof. Béla Bollobás and his group. In August, 2012 I got a tenured position as Assoc. Prof. (Senior Lecturer) at the Department of Mathematics at Stockholm University and from October, 2014 I am a Docent (associate professor) in Mathematics. From August 2015 I am working as docent in mathematics (probability theory and analysis) at the Dept of Mathematics at Uppsala University. In January 2018 I received a Ragnar Söderberg Fellowship based on my score A (highest) evaluation of my project application to the European Research Council with funding for 5 years matching an ERC fellowship.

Competitive External Funding:

  • 2022-2025: Four year project grant from the Swedish Research Council (senior researchers), 3,504,000 SEK
  • 2018-2022: Five year Swedish Foundation Starting Grant from Ragnar Söderbergs Foundation (full funding for my ERC Starting grant project where I was awarded the highest score A but could not be funded from ERC due to budget constraints),
    1,500,000 euros= 15,000,000 SEK
  • 2018-2021: Four year project grant from the Swedish Research Council (senior researchers), 3,300,000 SEK
  • 2018-2023: Project Grant from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (shared with Prof Svante Janson and Prof Erik Ekström), 27,500,000 SEK
  • 2018: Grant for organising the Analysis of Algorithms conference in June 2018, Swedish Research Council and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation: 397,000 SEK
  • 2016-2018: Grant from Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation for hiring a postdoc, 1,700,000 SEK
  • 2013-2016: Four year grant for young researchers from the Swedish Research Council, 3,200,000 SEK
  • 2010-2012: Two year Postdoc fellowship from the Swedish Research Council 700,000 SEK


  • Ragnar Söderberg Fellowship 2018-22 based on score A (highest) evaluation of my grant application to the European Research Council
  • Edlundska prize 2020 from Swedish Royal Academy of Science
  • Göran Gustafsson prize for young researchers 2020 (in engineering physics, teknisk fysik) from Göran Gustafsson Foundation
  • Prize from Ruth and Nils-Erik Stenbäcks Foundation 2021 awarded by The Finnish Society of Sciences and Letters and the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences

Article about myself and my research by Alma Kirlic (in English)
Forskning och Framsteg article in English (original text is in Swedish)
Edlundska prize interview in Swedish
Swedish Research Councils journal Curie article in Swedish
Ragnar Söderberg interview about my research from the 2017 Annual Report of the Foundation (in Swedish)
Ragnar Söderberg Fellow: Description of my ERC project (in English)
Description of my Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation 2016 project (in English)
Article about my award from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (in English)
Article about my award from Ragnar Söderberg Foundation (in English)


Members of my research group:

Postdocs: Xing Shi Cai 2017-2021, Fiona Skerman 2017-19, Gabriel Berzunza 2018-2020, Paul Thevenin 2020-, Tony Johansson 2017-19, Debleena Thacker 2017-19 and Baptiste Louf (TJ, DT and BL were shared with Prof. Svante Janson)

Guest researcher September 2018-August 2019: Daniel Krenn

Guest Professor: Prof. Stephan Wagner (then at Stellenbosch University, South Africa) was guest Professor at Uppsala University January 2019-June 2019. He has now a tenured position at our Department.

PhD students: Colin Desmarais 2017- and Fabian Burghart 2018- (main advisor), Johanna Strömberg 2016-(co-advisor) and Ruoyu Wang 2021- (co-advisor)

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Cecilia Holmgren