Zhilan Feng


Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, Arizona State University 1994
M.S., Mathematics, Jilin University, P.R. China, 1985
B.S., Mathematics, Jilin University, P.R. China, 1982

Professional Experience

Postdoctoral Associate Cornell University 1994-1996
Assistant Professor Purdue University 1996-2001
Visiting Fellow Princeton University Spring 1998
Associate Professor Purdue University 2001-2005
Professor Purdue University 2005-Present

Research Interests

Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems, Mathematical Biology, Applied Mathematics


  • Over 100 journal articles. Here is a list of abstracts of published papers

  • Book: Zhilan  Feng Portrait Applications of Epidemiological Models to Public Health Policymaking--The role of heterogeneity in model predictions, Zhilan Feng

  • Book: Zhilan  Feng Portrait Mathematical Models of Plant-Herbivore Interactions, Zhilan Feng and Donald DeAngelis. Information about the book including the Table of Contents.

  • Book (Springer, to appear): Mathematical Models in Epidemiology, Fred Brauer, Carlos Castillo-Chavez, Zhilan Feng. Table of Contents.

  • A DIMACS/AMS volume: Disease Evolution: Models, Concepts, and Data Analysis, Zhilan Feng, Ulf Dieckmann, Simon Levin.

  • A special MBE issue --Tribute to Horst R. Thieme on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday

  • A special MBE issue --Tribute to Carlos Castillo-Chavez on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday

  • Research featured in EVPRP annual report

    Unraveling the math of disease immunity


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    NSF DMS-1814545 ($80,000) PI 2018-2021
    NSF DMS-1022758 ($260,230) PI 2010-2014
    NSF DMS-0920828 ($311,627) PI (with DeAngelis) 2009-2013
    CDC Research contract ($20,389) PI 2009-2010
    NSF DMS-0719697 ($144,800) PI (with Minchella) 2007-2010
    CDC Research grant ($93,500) PI 2007-2008
    JSMF Research award ($449,508) PI 2003-2007
    NSF DMS-0314575 ($389,013) PI (with Milner and Minchella) 2003-2007
    PRF ($26,526) (for graduate research) 2003-2005
    NSF SES-0119908 ($50,000) Co-PI (with Craig and Swihart) 2001-2002
    NSF DMS-9974389 ($221,000) PI (with Milner and Minchella) 1999-2002
    PRF ($23,332) (for graduate research) 1997-1999
    NSF DMS-9720558 ($75,000) PI 1997-1999


    Spira Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, Purdue University, 2015

    Teaching for Tomorrow Award, Purdue University, 1998

    Showalter Trust Award ($66,666), Purdue University, 2004

    Ph.D. Advisor

    Horst Thieme

    Postdoctoral Advisor

    Carlos Castillo-Chavez

    Ph.D. Students

  • Graduated

    Jorge Alfaro-Murillo (2013) Postdoc at Yale
    Christina Alvey (2015) Assistant Professor, Mount Saint Mary College
    Qing Han (2017)
    Nancy Hernandez Ceron (2017) Postdoc at U. Alberta
    Cheng-Che Li (2002) Assistant Professor, SJSMIT, Taiwan
    Ya Li (2007) Assistant Professor, Beihang University, China
    Lih-Ing Wu ( 2000 ) Associate Professor, Texas Tech
    Libin Rong (2007) Associate Professor, University of Florida
    Katia Vogt Geisse (2014) Associate Professor, de la Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, Santiago, Chile
    Xiaohong Wang (2005) American Express
    Yiding Yang (2010) Postdoc, Univ. Tennessee, Knoxville
    Pei Zhang (2007) HBK Investment
    Yiqiang Zheng (2016)

  • Current
  • Kyle Dahlin, Gayane Poghotanyan, Joan Ponce

    Group Photo (2012)

    Postdocs and Visitors

    Dashun Xu 2004-2006 Associate Professor, SIUC
    Rongsong Liu 2006-2009 Tenure-track Assistant Professor, U. Wyoming
    Zhipeng Qiu 2008 & 2011 Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, China
    Sherry Towers 2010-2012
    Georgi Kapitanov 2012-

    Editorial Boards

    Mathematical Biosciences, 2010-Present
    SIAM J. Appl. Math., 2009-Present
    Journal of Theoretical Biology, 2005-Present
    Math. Biosci. and Engineering, 2004-Present

    Conference/Workshop/Working Groups (Co)Organized

  • DIMACS working group on Genetics and Evolution of Pathogens, 2003

  • Banff workshop on Modeling the Impact of Policy Options during Public Health Crises, 2008 (with Fred Brauer and John Glasser)
    Group Photo

  • Differential Equations and Applications in Ecology and Epidemiology, 2008 (with Tim Lant)
    Group Photos The Song of John Matrix

  • AIM Workshop on Stochastic and Deterministic Spatial Modeling in Population Dynamics, 2009 (with Troy Day and Priscilla Greenwood)
    Group Photo

  • NIMBioS Workshop on Modeling Dengue Fever, 2012 (with Derek Cummings, Michael Johansson, Jorge Velasco-Hernandez)
    Group Photo

  • Mathematical Biology Conference in China

    The 5th International Congress on Mathematical Biology, June 2011, China
    The Fourth Conference on Computational and Mathematical Population Dynamics (CMPD4), May 2013, China
    CSMB 6th International Conference on Mathematical Biology (6th ICMB), June 2018, China
    Group photo

    21st Annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln, January 25-27, 2019
    Group Photo

    Books and Special Issues Edited

    Applications of Epidemiological Models to Public Health Policymaking. World Scientific, 2014.

    Mathematical Models of Plant-Herbivore Interactions, Zhilan Feng and Donald DeAngelis. CRC Press, 2017

    Disease Evolution: Models, Concepts, and Data Analysis. Editors: Zhilan Feng, Ulf Dieckmann, Simon A. Levin. AMS, 2006.

    Differential Equations and Applications to Ecology and Epidemiology. Guest Editors: Zhilan Feng, Hal L. Smith, Glenn F. Webb. MBE, 7 (1), 2010.

    Special issue dedicated to Carlos Castillo-Chavez on his 60th birthday. Guest Editors: Gerardo Chowell, Zhilan Feng, Baojun Song. MBE, 10 (5/6), 2013