# 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

##### Probability

### Selected Grants

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

The Mathematics of Breast Cancer Overtreatment: Improving Treatment Choice through Effective Communication of Personalized Cancer Risk awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Mentor). 2016 to 2018

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, Durrett, R, and Durrett, R. "Downcrossings and local time." *Selected Works of Kai Lai Chung.* January 1, 2008. 585-587.
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Gleeson, JP, and Durrett, R. "Temporal profiles of avalanches on networks (Published online)." *Nature Communications* 8.1 (December 2017).
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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.
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Nanda, M, and Durrett, R. "Spatial evolutionary games with weak selection." *Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences* 114.23 (June 6, 2017): 6046-6051.
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Bessonov, M, and Durrett, R. "Phase transitions for a planar quadratic contact process." *Advances in Applied Mathematics* 87 (June 2017): 82-107.
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Durrett, R, and Fan, W-TL. "Genealogies in expanding populations." *The Annals of Applied Probability* 26.6 (December 2016): 3456-3490.
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Cox, JT, and Durrett, R. "Evolutionary games on the torus with weak selection." *Stochastic Processes and their Applications* 126.8 (August 2016): 2388-2409.
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Ryser, MD, Worni, M, Turner, EL, Marks, JR, Durrett, R, and Hwang, ES. "Outcomes of Active Surveillance for Ductal Carcinoma in Situ: A Computational Risk Analysis." *Journal of the National Cancer Institute* 108.5 (May 2016).
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Durrett, R, Foo, J, and Leder, K. "Spatial Moran models, II: cancer initiation in spatially structured tissue." *Journal of mathematical biology* 72.5 (April 2016): 1369-1400.
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Durrett, R, and Zhang, Y. "Coexistence of grass, saplings and trees in the Staver–Levin forest model." *The Annals of Applied Probability* 25.6 (December 2015): 3434-3464.
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Talkington, A, and Durrett, R. "Estimating Tumor Growth Rates In Vivo." *Bulletin of mathematical biology* 77.10 (October 19, 2015): 1934-1954.
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