Chris Janjigian Christopher Janjigian
Assistant Professor
Department of Mathematics
Purdue University

Mailing Address:

150 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Phone: (765) 494-1981
Office: MATH 446
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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Purdue University, specializing in probability. My research is currently mainly focused on the infinite volume structure of random walks in random potentials (RWRP). The RWRP model is connected to many interesting things happening in probability today and, in particular, to the Kardar-Parisi-Zhang universality class. I am also interested in related topics like stochastic partial differential equations and interacting particle systems.

Prior to coming to Purdue, I earned my Ph.D. in Mathematics in 2016 at the University of Wisconsin - Madison under the supervision of Benedek Valkó. I spent the 2016-2017 academic year as a postdoc in the Laboratoire de Probabilités et Modèles Aléatoires at Université Paris Diderot. After that, I was a postdoc in the stochastics group at the University of Utah from 2017 until 2020.

I am organizing the Purdue University Probability Seminar this year.

Research Opportunities

I have research problems available for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in probability. My grant includes some funding for a Purdue undergraduate student who would like to get some exposure to mathematical research in probability on problems at the interface of statistical physics and mathematics.

Interested Purdue students should send me an e-mail so we can set up an appointment to video chat about your background and interests.


See Brightspace for course information.

  • Spring 2021 MA 59800-001/STAT 69100-001 Seminar
  • Spring 2021 MA/STAT 41600-166/008 Introduction to Probability
  • Spring 2021 MA/STAT 41600-167/009 Introduction to Probability
  • Fall 2020 MA 59800-PRB/STAT 69100-001 Seminar
  • Papers

    1. Tail bounds for the averaged empirical distribution on a geodesic in first-passage percolation with Wai-Kit Lam and Xiao Shen. (2020)
    2. A shape theorem and a variational formula for the quenched Lyapunov exponent of random walk in a random potential with Sergazy Nurbavliyev and Firas Rassoul-Agha. (2020)
    3. Right-tail moderate deviations in the exponential last-passage percolation with Elnur Emrah and Timo Seppäläinen. (2020)
    4. Geometry of geodesics through Busemann measures in directed last-passage percolation with Firas Rassoul-Agha and Timo Seppäläinen. Journal of the European Mathematical Society. To appear.
    5. Flats, spikes and crevices: the evolving shape of the inhomogeneous corner growth model with Elnur Emrah and Timo Seppäläinen. Electronic Journal of Probability. To appear.
    6. Uniqueness and ergodicity of stationary directed polymer models on the square lattice with Firas Rassoul-Agha. Journal of Statistical Physics. Vol. 179, 672–689 (2020)
    7. Busemann functions and Gibbs measures in directed polymer models on ℤ2 with Firas Rassoul-Agha. Annals of Probability. Vol. 48, No. 2, 778-816. (2020)
    8. Upper tail large deviations in Brownian directed percolation. Electronic Communications in Probability, 24 no. 45, 1-10. (2019)
    9. Particle representations for stochastic partial differential equations with boundary conditions. with Dan Crisan and Thomas G. Kurtz Electronic Journal of Probability 23 (65), 1-29. (2018)
    10. Large deviations for some corner growth models with inhomogeneity. with Elnur Emrah Markov Processes and Related Fields 23, 267-312. (2017)
    11. Large deviations of the free energy in the O'Connell-Yor polymer. Journal of Statistical Physics 160 (4), 1054-1080. (2015)