De Fernex works in algebraic geometry. The main focus of his research has been on the study of singularities and birational geometry of algebraic varieties and the structure of arc spaces and other valuation spaces.
- Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Illinois - Chicago
De Fernex started his studies in Italy, obtaining his Laurea in Mathematics (summa cum laude) at the University of Milano in 1996 (roughly the equivalent of a BS) and completing a Dottorato di Ricerca in Mathematics (the equivalent of a PhD) at the University of Genova in 2001. During these studies, de Fernex spent one semester visiting the University of Hong Kong in 1999 and then moved to the US where he obained a PhD in Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2002. From 2002 to 2005, de Fernex was a Hildebrandt Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, and spent the academic year of 2005-2006 as a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies before joining the faculty at the University of Utah.