Richard Timothy Durrett

Richard Timothy Durrett
  • James B. Duke Professor of Mathematics
  • Professor of Mathematics
External address: 105 Physics Building, Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708-0320
Internal office address: Dept Of Math, Box 90320, Durham, NC 27708-0320
Phone: (919) 660-6970

Research Areas and Keywords

Biological Modeling
population genetics, selective sweeps, stepping stone models, interacting particle systems, contact processes, spatial ecological models, cancer modeling, tumor heterogeneity
probability, stochastic processes, random graphs, dynamics on networks, dynamics of networks
Education & Training
  • Ph.D., Stanford University 1976

Selected Grants

Voters, games, and epidemics on random graphs awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

Collaborative Research: The role of spatial interactions in determining the distribution of savanna and forest awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

Mathematical Analysis of Spatial Cancer Models awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2019

Interacting Particle Systems on Lattices and on Graphs awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2018

Biodiversity and Evolution - Support for US Participants awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

Stochastic Spatial Models: on Complex Networks, Coevolution, and Modeling Cancer awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2015

Mathematical Models of Cancer Initiation, Progression, and Resistance to Therapy awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2015

Ecology awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2013

Participant Support for Workshop for Women in Probability 2012 awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012 to 2013

Chung, KL, and Durrett, R. "Downcrossings and local time." Selected Works of Kai Lai Chung. January 1, 2008. 585-587. Full Text

Ma, R, and Durrett, R. "A simple evolutionary game arising from the study of the role of igf-II in pancreatic cancer." Annals of Applied Probability 28.5 (October 1, 2018): 2896-2921. Full Text

Wang, Z, and Durrett, R. "Extrapolating weak selection in evolutionary games." Journal of Mathematical Biology (July 28, 2018). Full Text

Huo, R, and Durrett, R. "Latent voter model on locally tree-like random graphs." Stochastic Processes and Their Applications 128.5 (May 1, 2018): 1590-1614. Full Text Open Access Copy

Talkington, A, Dantoin, C, and Durrett, R. "Ordinary Differential Equation Models for Adoptive Immunotherapy." Bulletin of Mathematical Biology 80.5 (May 2018): 1059-1083. Full Text

Cristali, I, Ranjan, V, Steinberg, J, Beckman, E, Durrett, R, Junge, M, and Nolen, J. "Block size in geometric(P)-biased permutations." Electronic Communications in Probability 23 (January 1, 2018). Full Text

Beckman, E, Dinan, E, Durrett, R, Huo, R, and Junge, M. "Asymptotic behavior of the brownian frog model." Electronic Journal of Probability 23 (January 1, 2018). Full Text Open Access Copy

Basak, A, Durrett, R, and Foxall, E. "Diffusion limit for the partner model at the critical value." Electronic Journal of Probability 23 (January 1, 2018). Full Text

Lopatkin, AJ, Meredith, HR, Srimani, JK, Pfeiffer, C, Durrett, R, and You, L. "Persistence and reversal of plasmid-mediated antibiotic resistance." Nature Communications 8.1 (November 22, 2017): 1689-null. Full Text

Gleeson, JP, and Durrett, R. "Temporal profiles of avalanches on networks." Nature Communications 8.1 (October 31, 2017): 1227-null. Full Text

Tomasetti, C, Durrett, R, Kimmel, M, Lambert, A, Parmigiani, G, Zauber, A, and Vogelstein, B. "Role of stem-cell divisions in cancer risk." Nature 548.7666 (August 9, 2017): E13-E14. Full Text


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