Van Ha Vu graduated at the Eötvös University, Budapest, in 1994, his M.Sc. thesis supervisor was Tamás Szőnyi.
He received his Ph.D. at Yale University, in 1998 under the direction of László Lovász (another Pólya prize winner).
He worked as a postdoc at IAS and Microsoft Research (1998-2001).
He joined the University of California, San Diego as an assistant professor in 2001 and was promoted to full professor in 2005.
In Fall 2005, he moved to Rutgers University and stayed there until he joined Yale in Fall 2011.
Vu was a member at IAS on three occasions (1998, 2005, 2007), the last time (2007) as the leader of the special program Arithmetic Combinatorics.
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