Professor Csörnyei received her Ph.D. degree from Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest in 1999 under the direction of Gyorgy Petruska. She moved to University College, London University where she worked with David Preiss's research group in real analysis as a Research Fellow. In 2002 she received the Whitehead Prize from the London Mathematical Society for young mathematicians working in the United Kingdom. Later, also in 2002, she was awarded the prestigious Wolfson Research Merit Award carrying with it five years of full funding; the Wolfson Award was created to enable top universities in the United Kingdom to retain ``respected scientists of outstanding achievement and potential.'' In 2004, Professor Csornyei was promoted to Full Professor of Mathematics at University College, London the youngest person so promoted in any discipline in the long history of that institution. She moved the University of Chicago in 2013.
She has had long term visiting positions at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, the University of North Texas, Texas A&M University, PIMS in Vancouver, B.C., and the University of Washington. Additionally, she has served year-long visiting research positions at the IAS in Princeton in 2003/2004 and at Yale University in 2009/2010.
Professor Csornyei presented one of the invited hour addresses at the ICM in Hyderabad, India, August, 2010. Current among her research interests are: