Recent Duke Math PhDs

The majority of Duke PhD's go to postdoctoral positions at research universities or teaching positions at small colleges. A sizable minority elect to pursue careers in industry or at governmental agencies.  (Many students explore careers beyond academic through summer internships.)  See the table below for the "first jobs after graduation" for our recent graduates.  Additional information can be found in the Graduate School's database; to access the information for the mathematics graduates, select "Physical Sciences" (Academic Divison) and "Mathematics" (Program), clicking "Apply" after each selection. 

2020 - 2021

PhD Student Advisor Thesis
First Job After Graduation
Orsola Capovilla-Searle Lenhard Ng Exact Lagrangian fillings of Legendrian Links and Weinstein 4-manifolds
NSF postdoc at UC Davis
Dena Ho Les Saper Realizing Hecke Actions on Modular Forms Via Cohomology of Dessins d'Enfants
Ernst & Young
Eric Hopper Richard Hain Cyclotomic and Elliptic Polylogarithms and Motivic Extensions of Q by Q(m)
Postdoc at U Rochester
Xiangying (Zoe) Huang Richard Durrett Contact Process on Random Graphs and Trees
Postdoc at UBC
Oliver Kelsey Tough James Nolen Asymptotic Behaviour of the Fleming-Viot Process
Postdocs at Université de Neuchâtel
Chao Shen Hau-tieng Wu Robust and scalable unsupervised learning via landmark diffusion, from theory to medical application
Amazon Applied Scientist
Kevin Stubbs Jianfeng Lu Exponentially Localized Wannier Functions in Non-Periodic Insulators
Postdoc at UCLA
Lihan Wang Jianfeng Lu Quantitative Analysis in Stochastic Homogenization and Hypocoercive PDEs in Sampling
Postdoc at Carnegie Mellon
Xin Xiong Richard Hain Hodge theory and string topology
Dong Yao Richard Durrett Epidemics on Evolving Graphs
Asst Prof at Jiangsu Normal University
Yiyue Zhang Hubert Bray The Hyperbolic Positive Mass Theorem and Volume Comparison Involving Scalar Curvature
Postdoc at UC Irvine

2019 - 2020

PhD Student Advisor Thesis
First Job After Graduation
Matthew Beckett Mark Stern Equivariant Nahm Transforms and Minimal Yang-Mills Connections
Michael Bell Robert Bryant Second Order Families of Minimal Lagrangians in CP³
Yu Cao Jianfeng Lu Analytical and Numerical Study of Lindblad Equations
Instructor at the Courant Institute, NYU
Joshua Cruz Les Saper

Examples of the Local L^2-cohomology of Algebraic Varieties

William Duncan Mike Reed Homeostasis-Bifurcation Singularities and Identifiability of Feedforward Networks
Postdoctoral Researcher in Mathematical Sciences at Montana State University
Gabriel Earl Jonathan Mattingly Stratified MCMC Sampling for Non-Reversible Dynamics
Postdoc at Duke, postdoc at U Mass
Shalla Hanson Mike Reed Mathematical Modelling of Immuno-Oncology and Related Immunology
Mathematical Modeler at Immunetrics, Inc.
Jeffrey LaComb Jianfeng Lu Asymptotic Analysis and Rare Event Simulation for Failure Probabilities in Discrete Random Media
Assistant Teaching Professor in Mathematics at Drexel University
Jessica Leete Anita Layton Sex-specific Computational Models of Blood Pressure Regulation
John Malik Hau-tieng Wu A Geometric Approach to Biomedical Time Series Analysis
Research Fellow in Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School
Erika Ordog Ezra Miller Minimal Resolutions of Monomial Ideals
Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M
Sarah Patterson Anita Layton Extensions of the Immersed Interface Method to Open Tube Interfaces and Hemodynamic Models
Assistant professor at the Virginia Military Institute
Shan Shan Ingrid Daubechies Probabilistic Model on Fibre Bundle
Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke College
Kyle Thicke Jianfeng Lu Accelerating the Computation of Density Functional Theory’s Correlation Energy Under Random Phase Approximations
Postdoc researcher at Technical University of Munich
Do Tran Ezra Miller Sampling from Stratified Spaces
Research Postdoc at the Institute for Mathematical Stochastics, Goettingen University
Thomas Tran Jayce Getz Secondary Terms in Asymptotics for the Number of Zeros of Quadratic Forms
Postdoc in Mathematics at the University of Kentucky

2018 - 2019

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Gavin Ball Robert Bryant Postdoc at U Quebec
Erin Beckman James Nolen Postdoc at McGill
Michael Casey Sayan Mukherjee  
Ryan Gunderson Robert Bryant Quantative Researcher at Susquehana International Group
Ran Huo Rick Durrett Postdoc at U Melbourne
Chester Lian Lenhard Ng Software Engineer at Google
Weifan Liu Tom Witelski Postdoc at Syracuse U
Rubio Ma Rick Durrett Postdoc at Peking U
Dmitry Vagner Ezra Miller Simulation Scientist at Imbellus AI Research
Jieren Xu Ingrid Daubechies Postdoc at Duke U

2017 - 2018

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Hamza Ghadyali John Harer  
Yuhao Hu Robert Bryant Colorado U, Boulder
Ma Luo Richard Hain Postdoc at Oxford U
Robert Ravier Ingrid Daubechies Postdoc at Duke iin ECE and Math
Jieren Xu Ingrid Daubechies Postdoc at Duke in ECE
Zhiyong Zhao Robert Bryant Bloomberg

2016 - 2017

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Brian Fitzpatrick Paul Aspinwall Instructor, Duke University
Lizzy Huang Mark Stern Quantitative Analytics, Freddie Mac, Washington, DC
Hangie Ji Tom Witelski Assistant Professor, Program in Computing at UCLA.
Aki Nishimura David Dunson Postdoc, UCLA
Yu Pan Lenhard Ng Moore Instructorship, MIT
Henry Roesch Hugh Bray NSF Postdoc, UC Irvine
Chao Xu Jianfeng Lu Start-up, San Francisco area
Rachel Yin Ingrid Daubechies Google, Cambridge MA

2015 - 2016

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Philip Andreae Mark Stern Assistant Professor, Meredith College
Humberto Diaz Chad Schoen Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California at Riverside
Caitlin Leverson Lenhard Ng Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgia Institute of Technology
Ezgi Temogullari Michael C. Reed Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas, Southwestern, Cell Biology
Harrison Potter Thomas P. Witelski Assistant Professor, Marietta College
Kangkang Wang Paul S. Aspinwall Software Engineer, Google, Inc.

2014 - 2015

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Ben Gaines Paul Aspinwall Assistant Professor, Iona College in New Rochelle, NY
Tingran Gao Ingrid Daubechies Postdoctoral position at Duke
Andrew Goetz Hugh Bray Visiting Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
Kevin Kordek Richard Hain Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M
Anil Venkatesh Richard Hain Assistant Professor, Ferris State University
Tatsunari Watanabe Richard Hain Golomb Visiting Assistant Professor, Purdue University
Yuan Zhang Richard Durrett Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of California, Los Angeles

2013 - 2014

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Miles Crosskey Mauro Maggioni Post-doc for Maurio Maggioni, Duke University
Sean Lawley Mike Reed, Jonathan Mattingly Post-doc, University of Utah
Junchi Li Rick Durrett Quantitative Strategy Researcher, Sunrise Futures
Chris O'Neill Ezra Miller Post-doc, Texas A&M University
Ioannis Sgouralis Anita Layton NIMBioS University of Tennessee
Hwayeon Ryu Anita Layton, Jim Nolan Credit Model Validation Analyst, U.S. Bancorp.
Hangjun Xu Hugh Bray Oracle, Senior Software Engineer, Santa Clara, CA

2012 - 2013

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Hyeong-kwan Kim Bill Pardon University of North Carolina-Asheville
Yi Li Anita Layton Avanade Business Consulting
ShiShi Luo Mike Reed, Jonathan Mattingly Post-doc with Alana Perelson, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Elizabeth Munch John Harer Post-doc, Institute for Mathematics and its Application (IMA), Minneapolis, MN
Alan Parry Hugh Bray University of Connecticut

2011 - 2012

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Prakash Balachandran Mauro Maggioni Post-doc with Eric Kolazyck, Boston University
Esteban Chavez Jim Nolen Post-doc, University of California - Santa Barbara
Kevin Gonzalez David Schaeffer Assistant Professor, Shaw University
Aaron Jackson Stephanos Venakides Financial Applications Engineer, Bloomberg
Tiffany Kolba Jonathan Mattingly Tenure track position, Valparaiso University
Michael Pruitt Tom Beale Post-doc, University of Connecticut
David Rose Lenny Ng Busemann Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Sara Schott Mark Huber Assistant Professor of the Practice, Duke University

2010 - 2011

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Amir Aazami Arlie Petters Post-doc Fellow, Kavli Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Japan
Matthew Bowen David Schaeffer Epic Systems Corporation
Graham Cox Hugh Bray Lorenz Post-doc, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Oliver Gjoneski Les Saper J.J. Sylvester Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Aubrey HB John Harer Senior Statistician at FAIR Health New York
Michael Jenista   Statistician, SAS, Cary, NC
George Mau-Kwong Lam Hugh Bray Finance position in Hong Kong
Anna Little Mauro Maggioni Assistant Professor, University of Jacksonville
Alberto Teguia Arlie Petters MBA Program, Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

2009 - 2010

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Jeffrey Jauregui Hugh Bray Post-doc, University of Pennsylvania
Arya Roy Paul Aspinwall Instructor of Physics, Duke University
Rachel Thomas Jonathan Mattingly, Mike Reed Mathematical Analyst, UBER
Andrea Watkins Jonathan Mattingly National Security Agency
Jason Wilson Tom Beale Virginia Tech Mathematics

2008 - 2009

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Rann Bar-On John Harer Instructor, Duke University
Shu Dai David Schaeffer Mathematical Bioscience Institute, Ohio State University
Mihaela Froelich Tom Witelski Homemaker, Heidelberg
Jenny Wai-Jing Law Mark Huber National Security Agency
Janice McCarthy Mark Stern Instructor, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Abraham Smith Robert Bryant Post-doc, McGill University

2007 - 2008

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Sergei Belov Stephanos Venakides Rice University
Paul Bendich John Harer Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
Benjamin Cooke-Isard Scott Schmidler Academic Resource Center, Duke University
Michael Gratton Thomas Witelski Post-doc, Northwestern University
Anthony Narkawicz Richard Hain NASA Langley
Michael Nicholas Tom Beale Tulane University
Nicholas Robbins Hugh Bray St. Mary's College of Maryland
Joseph Spivey Richard Hain Wofford University
Matthew Surles Thomas Beale Wellpoint Inc., Richmond, VA
Feng Xu Robert Bryant Australian National University

2006 - 2007

PhD Student Advisor(s) First Job After Graduation
Ryan Haskett Thomas Witelski Highbridge Capital
William Lefew Stephanos Venakides Environmental Protection Agency
Timothy Lucas William Allard Pepperdine University
Jeffrey Streets Mark Stern Princeton University