Feng Fu

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Science

My background in applied math and training in mathematical biology enable me to do interdisciplinary work, ranging from natural sciences to social sciences to biomedical sciences. My research combines mathematical modeling approaches with analyses of experimental and observational data, for a better understanding of (1) the evolution of cooperation, (2) behavior-disease interactions, and (3) cancer evolution. My previous work covers a wide range of important topics in mathematical biology, with a particular emphasis on social networks, human behavior and public health, including the evolution of cooperation in dynamical social networks, the evolution of in-group favoritism, the evolution of homophily, and imitation behavior of vaccination and its impact on public health. At the moment, my research is mainly focused on stochastic modeling of cancer evolution and infectious diseases as well as on the emergence of drug resistance, with particular respects to cancer and HIV treatments.

+1 (603) 646 2293
210 Kemeny Hall, Mathematics
HB 6188
Quantitative Social Science
B.S. Fudan University, 2004
Ph.D. Peking University, 2010

Selected Publications

Feng Fu, Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler (2017). Dueling biological and social contagions. Scientific Reports, 7: 43634. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep43634

Te Wu, Long Wang, Feng Fu (2017). Coevolutionary dynamics of phenotypic diversity and contingent cooperation. PLoS Computational Biology 13: e1005363. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005363

Feng Fu, Sarah D. Kocher, Martin A. Nowak (2015). The risk-return trade-off between solitary and eusocial reproduction. Ecology Letters, 18: 74-84. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ele.12392

Feng Fu, Martin A. Nowak, Sebastian Bonhoeffer (2015). Spatial heterogeneity in drug concentrations can facilitate the emergence of resistance to cancer therapy. PLoS Computational Biology,11(3): e1004142.

Alison L. Hill, Daniel I. S. Rosenbloom, Feng Fu, Martin A. Nowak, RF Siliciano (2014). Predicting outcomes of treatments to eradicate the HIV latent reservoir. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111: 13475-13480. http://dx.doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1406663111

Hirokazu Shirado, Feng Fu, James H. Fowler, Nicholas A. Christakis (2013). Quality versus Quantity of Social Ties in Experimental Cooperative Networks. Nature Communications, 4: 2814. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/ncomms3814

Feng Fu, Martin A. Nowak, Nicholas A. Christakis, James H. Fowler (2012). The Evolution of Homophily. Scientific Reports, 2: 845 http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep00845

Feng Fu, Corina E. Tarnita, Nicholas A. Christakis, Long Wang, David G. Rand, Martin A. Nowak (2012). Evolution of in-group favoritism. Scientific Reports, 2: 460. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep00460

Feng Fu, Daniel I. Rosenbloom, Long Wang, Martin A. Nowak (2011). Imitation dynamics of vaccination behaviour on social networks. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278: 42-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2010.1107

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