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Dr. Zhilan Feng

Dr. Zhilan Feng

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  • Purdue University
  • Status: Faculty
  • Department: Math,
  • Will Mentor: Doctoral students, Pre-doctoral students

Areas of Expertise

Applied Mathematics,

Research Interests

Mathematical biology, Applied mathematics


Dr. Zhilan Feng is currently a Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University. She completed her Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at Arizona State University in 1994 and was a postdoc associate at Cornell University in 1994-1996, and has been on the Purdue faculty since 1996. Her areas of research include differential equations and dynamical systems and their applications in biology, ecology, and epidemiology. She has received research grants from NSF and James S. McDonnell Foundation on projects in mathematical biology including host-parasite interactions with focus on mathematical modeling of disease transmission dynamics and on dynamics of plant-herbivore-predator systems. She has also received research grants from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to work on the development and analysis of mathematical models for the control and prevention of emerging/reemerging infectious diseases. She has supervised 15 PhD students. She has published over 100 refereed papers on modeling infectious diseases including TB, dengue, HIV, influenza, schistosomiasis, and malaria, and on modeling plant-herbivore interactions with a toxin-determined functional response. Many results in these papers are included in her recently published book entitled Applications of epidemiological models to public health policymaking-The role of heterogeneity in model predictions. She is currently on the Editorial Boards of JTB, Math. Biosci., Math. Biosci. Engin., SIAM J. Appl. Math.