Math @ Duke
Rick Durrett, James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics and Director of Graduate Studies
- Contact Info:
Teaching (Spring 2015):
- MATH 641.01, PROBABILITY
- Physics 259, MWF 01:40 PM-02:30 PM
- Research Interests:
Probability problems that arise from genetics and ecology, especially stochastic spatial models and cancer models. Random graphs and processes that take place on them.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Current Ph.D. Students
- Postdocs Mentored
- David Herzog (2011-2014)
- Andreas Aristotelous (2011-2014)
- Marc Ryser (Jan 2012-July 2015)
- David Sivakoff (2010-2012)
- John Mayberry (2008 - 2010)
- Soumik Pal (2006 - 2008)
- Lea Popovic (2005 - 2007)
- Paul Jung (2003 - 2007)
- Iljana Zahle (2002 - 2003)
- Jason Schweinsberg (2001 - 2004)
- Vlada Limic (2000 - 2003)
- Undergraduate Research Supervised
- Luxi Wei (Fall 2013)
In the Fall of 2013, she read papers on modeling credit risk in preparation for writing a senior thesis.
- Anne Talkington (Summer and Fall 2013)
In the summer of 2013 she studied models for cancer growth as part of the math biology RTG. In Fall 2013 she continued to do research on this topic in an independent study
- Kaveh Danesh (2011-2012)
In a collaboration with Evan Myers and Laura Havrilesky in the Duke Medical school, we worked on predicting the window of opportunity for ovarian cancer screening, resulting in a paper in J. Theor. Biol. Kaveh was a Fulbright Scholar studying cancer villages in China during 2013-2014, and is now in the Applied Math program. Since he is a student trustee I see him three times a year when they meet.
- Yifei Chen (Summer 2011)
Participant in math bio RTG. His simulations were useful in improving a reuslt in my paper on population genetics of exponentially growing populations.
- Aashiq Dheeraj (2012-2013)
Math Bio RTG participant. Studied spatial versions of evolutionary game models in cancer.
- Conrad de Peuter (Spring 2013)
Using Markov renewal processes to model basketball games.
- Willie Zheng (Spring 2013)
Supervised his honors thesis in Math.
- Representative Publications
- C. Varghese and R. Durrett, Phase transition in the quadratic contact process on complex networks,
Physical Review E, vol. 87
pp. paper 062819
- Feng Shi, Peter Mucha, and R. Durrett, Multi-opinion coevolving voter model with infinitely many phase transitions,
Physical Review E
- Andreas Aristotelos and R. Durrett, Chemical evolutionary games,
Theoretical Population Biology
- K. Danesh, R. Durrett, L. Havrilesky, and E. Myers, A branching process model of ovarian cancer,
J. Theor. Biol., vol. 314
- J.T. Cox, R. Durrett, E. Perkins, Voter model perturbations and reaction diffusion equations,
Asterique, vol. 349
pp. 1-113 [math.PR/1103.1676]
- R. Durrett and S. Moseley, Spatial Moran Models. I. Tunneling in the Neutral Case,
Annals Applied Probability
- R. Durrett, Phase transition in a meta-population version of Schelling's model
- R. Durrett, J. Foo, and K. Leder, Spatial Moran Models II. Tumor growth and progression
- R. Durrett and D. Remenik, Evolution of dispersal distance,
J. Mathematical Biology, vol. 64
- R. Durrett, Population genetics of neutral mutations in exponentially growing cancer cell populations,
Annals of Applied Probability, vol. 23
- R. Durrett, J.P. Gleeson, A.L. Lloyd, P.J. Mucha, Feng Shi, D. Sivakoff, J.E.S. Socoloar, and C. Varghese, Graph fission in an evolving voter model,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, vol. 109
- R. Durrett, J. Foo, K. Leder, J. Mayberry, and F. Michor, Intratumor heterogeneity in evolutionary models of tumor progression,
Genetics, vol. 188
- R. Durrett and Stephen Moseley, Evolution of resistance and progression to disease during clonal expansion of cancer,
Theor. Pop. Biol., vol. 77
- R. Durrett, J. Foo, K. Leder, J. Mayberry, and F. Michor, Evolutionary dynamics of tumor progression with random fitness values,
Theor. Pop. Biol., vol. 78
pp. 54-66 [math.PR/1003.1927]
- R. Durrett and Shirshendu Chatterjee, Asymptotic behavior of Aldous' gossip process,
Annals of Applied Probability, vol. 21
pp. 2447-2482 [math.PR/1005.1608]
- R. Durrett, Special invited paper: Coexistence in stochastic spatial models,
The Annals of Applied Probability, vol. 19
pp. 477--496, ISSN 1050-5164 [MR2521876 (2010g:60213)]
- R. Durrett and Deena Schmidt, Waiting for two mutations with applications to regulatory sequence evolution and the limits of Darwinian evolution,
Genetics, vol. 180
- Selected Invited Lectures
- IMS Wald Lectures, 2008
- Medallion Lecture SPA Paris, 2006
- St Flour Probability Summer School, 1993
- International Congress of Math, 1990, Kyoto
- Recent Grant Support
- Stochastic Spatial Models, National Science Foundation, DMS 1331778, 2013/09-2015/08.
- Biodiversity and Evolution - Support for US participants, National Science Foundation, DMS 1305997, 2013/09-2014/08.
- Mathematical Models of Cancer Initiation Progression and Reistance to Therapy, National Institutes of Health, 7R01GM096190-02, 2010/07-2014/06.
- Workshop for Women in Probability - Participant Support, National Science Foundation, 2012/07-2013/07.
- Ecology, Evolution, and Random Graphs, National Science Foundation, DMS-1057675, 2010/09-2013/07.
- Conferences Organized
- Evolutionary Biology and the Theory of Computing, member of the organizing committee, 2012 - present
- MBI year on Cancer and its Environment, Member of organzing committee, Academic Year 2014-2015
- Southeastern Probability Conference, member of organizing committee, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
- MBI year on Stochastics in Biological Systems, Member of organizing committee, Academic year 2011-2012
- Semester on Biodiversity and Evolution, member of organizing committee, July - December 2013
- Workshop for Women in Probability, October 14-16, 2012
Duke University, Box 90320
Durham, NC 27708-0320