Lab Members

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Faculty Investigator

Feng Fu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Biomedical Data Science

I am very fortunate to have the opportunity of working with our group of talented students at all levels. I am particularly passionate about working with both undergraduate and graduate students, and always do my best to help them to succeed in their later careers (academia and industry) after training in my lab.

Postdoctoral Investigators

Dan Escudero

Visiting Scientist (2019 - )

Dan Escudero is a Visiting Scholar whose research focuses on mathematical modeling of infectious disease, most specifically HIV. He is interested in how epidemiologic modeling can inform large-scale decisions in HIV prevention, and how the methods we use influence the questions and answers to which we arrive. Dan obtained his PhD from Brown University and is an NIH K99 awardee at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Kamran Kaveh

Research Associate (2019 - )

In modeling cancer evolution, I focus on evolutionary dynamical models that describes how microenvironmental factors can contribute to unwanted selection of malignanat types. Evolutioanry modeling of drug resistance in combination therapies and risk estimate for therpaies are among my current projects in this field. Kamran joins us from Harvard University.

Timmy Ma

Instructor in Applied and Computational Mathematics (2018 - )

I am an IACM (Instructor in Applied and Computational Mathematics) here at Dartmouth College. My research interest is in mathematical modeling of complex social phenomena. Currently, I am working on modeling the evolution of language, evolutionary game theory, concept learning, and other social behaviors. Timmy obtained his PhD from UC Irvine.

Tony Sirianni

Lab Collaborator (QSS postdoc, 2019 - )

Tony's research examines different aspects of social interaction. Using large "digital footprints" of human behavior, social network analysis, and agent-based modeling, his work focuses on how social interaction both generates groups and influences individuals. His research also examines broader patterns of interaction and identifies what those patterns say about the social world and human nature. Tony obtained his PhD from Cornell.

Student Investigators

Xingru Chen

Graduate Student (G4)

I am a fourth-year applied mathematics Ph.D. student at Dartmouth College. I am interested in combining evolutionary game theory with data science to improve our understanding of human behavior in a variety of contexts. Since 2016, I have been working on the mathematical modeling of human strategic behavior with particular emphasis on real-world problems of great importance to society, such as vaccination behavior and antibiotic overuse. Before coming to Dartmouth, I did my undergraduate study in theoretical mechanics at Peking University.

Ho-Chun Herbert Chang'18

Lab Collaborator (2018 - ), Byrne Scholar (2015 - 2018), Neukom Scholar (2017 - 2018)

I am currently a PhD student at USC Annenberg. Originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, I majored in Mathematics, Quantitative Social Sciences, and was a Senior Fellow for Creative Writing at Dartmouth. My primary research interests lie in probability and stochastics, nonlinear systems, and the extension of these models to computational creativity, finance and social systems. At the Fu Lab, I wrote my senior thesis on the co-diffusion of innovations with application to technological diffusion and health interventions. In collaboration with the Fu Lab, I am currently working on a few data-driven projects closely related to mathematical humanities.

Matt Jones

Graduate Student (G3), Co-advised with Scott Pauls

I am a third-year graduate student in the Mathematics Department at Dartmouth College. My research interests are in evolutionary dynamics and network theory. Right now, I am using these tools to model the spread of fake news through a population in a spatial setting, and the interesting dynamics that emerge when some individuals are fact-checkers. Before Dartmouth, I received my bachelor's degree in physics from Arizona State University.

Jenique Richards'22

Women in Science Project (WISP) Intern (2019 - )

I am a '22 from Stratford, Connecticut interested in studying mathematics and economics. I am interested in researching the use of mathematical models to better understand phenomena in the natural world. As a WISP intern, I will be working on research dealing with the application of mathematical models in the development of cancer immunotherapy.

Xin Wang

Visiting Graduate Student (G5)

I am a fifth-year visiting PhD student from the Key Laboratory of Mathematics Informatics and Behavioral Semantics (LMIB) in Beihang University. My research interests focus on dynamical evolutions on large-scale social networks and cooperation behaviors in feedback-evolving systems. By using mathematical modeling methods, I try to discover the underlying dynamical mechanisms of information diffusion, opinion formation and cultural evolutions behind real data.

Previous Lab Members

Ran Zhuo'17

Neukom Scholar (2016)

Ran worked with us as a Neukom Scholar for her senior thesis research 2016-2017. Her senior thesis, entitled "Social Imitation Dynamics of Vaccination Driven by Vaccine Effectiveness and Beliefs", receives high honor. She is now at Harvard to pursue her PhD in Business Economics.

Yanling Zhang, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher (2016)

Yanling stayed in our lab February - October 2016, and worked with us on using Markov tree approach to understanding the emergence of infectious diseases and other viral phenomena. She is now a faculty member at the University of Science and Technology Beijing.

Te Wu, Ph.D.

Shapiro Vistor (2016)

Te came from Hong Kong PolyU to work with us on evolutionary game dynamics in structured populations. Supported by the Shapiro visitor program in our department, he spent one month visiting us in Spring 2016. We published a great paper together during his visit. Te is now a tenured faculty member at Xidian University.

Victor Garcia, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher (2015)

Victor (previously based in Basel/Stanford) worked with us on the mathematical modeling of cancer immunotherapy April - August 2015. He spent one week visiting us in April 2016. Victor is now a faculty member at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland.

Tommy Z. Khoo

Graduate Student (2015 - 2018), Co-advised with Scott Pauls

Tommy has a degree in mathematics and economics from the London School of Economics, and a masters in mathematics and computer science from Oxford University. He has been studying evolutionary dynamics on social networks for his PhD in mathematics. His research involves analyzing human social interactions, network formation and risk behaviors through the lens of evolutionary game theory. After getting his PhD, Tommy currently pursues a career in data science.

Jian Liu

Visiting PhD Student (Oct. 2017 – Sept. 2018)

Jian visits us from the University of Science and Technology Beijing. While with us, he will be working on evolutionary game dynamics in finite populations and its application in optimal control of multi-agent systems. Jian is back to Beijing to finish up his PhD study.

Jonathan C. Meng'18

Neukom Scholar

I am currently a ’18 at Dartmouth College majoring in Mathematics. I am mainly interested in gambling and decision theory, along with networks. I am currently working on two projects under Professor Fu: A project in which we are attempting to empirically study gambling behavior on cryptocurrency gambling websites, and a project characterizing social influencers on China’s “twitter”, Weibo. After graduation from Dartmouth, Jonathan is doing industrial consulting based in Seattle.

Anuraag Bukkuri'21

Bryne Scholar (2017)

I am a '21 from Woodbury, MN studying mathematics, neuroscience, and computer science. My research interests lie in the applications of topology (specifically persistent homology, homotopy theory, TDA, and knot theory) to problems in molecular biology, neuroscience, and oncology. I am currently working primarily on three problems: mathematical modeling of cancer immunotherapy, using TDA to help recognize AD earlier, and developing the mathematics behind hyperscanning fMRI.

Anup S. Chamrajnagar'18

Lab intern

Anup is an '18 from Seattle majoring in Mathematics. On campus, he is President of the Dartmouth Brovertones A Cappella Group, Treasurer of Dstyle Freestyle Rap Performance Group and Senior Executive of Dartmouth Finance Society. His research has previously consisted of biological dynamics in particular to alternatives to modern shrimp farming. His current research focuses on the cryptocurrency market and exploring inefficiencies within the system using machine learning and stochastic methods. Next year, he will be working as an Associate Investment Analyst at Point72 Asset Management.

Xander R. Fong'18

Lab intern

Xander is an '18 from New York majoring in Mathematics. On campus, he is president of the Dartmouth Finance Society. His primary research interests lie in the applications of mathematical models to understand biological and financial phenomena. Next year, he will be working as an Investment Banking Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Financial Institutions Group.

Callum A. Hening'19

Presidential Scholar

I am a '19, currently majoring in Physics with a double minor in Computer Science and Statistics. In general, my research interests lie in solving real world data science problems. At the moment, I am working on a project that explores the feasibility of introducing autonomous vehicles to society from a game theoretic perspective. Currently, Callum works as a software engineer in industry.

James G. Detweiler'18

Lab intern

James is a physics major. He runs a Dartmouth student Crypto-Club with a focus on the blockchain technology and its applications. Since graduation, James is working for venture capital consulting in the Bay area.

Tucker E. Evans'19

Presidential Scholar

I am a Dartmouth '19 from Massachusetts. Generally, I am focused on the mathematical modeling of biological and social systems, but I am particularly interested in problems that incorporate techniques from other fields, from physics to economics. Currently I am working on an evolutionary game-theoretical model of opinion dynamics, trying to understand why populations diverge in opinion in some cases while reaching consensus in others.