Ruijun Zhao

Professor, Chair of Department of Mathematics and Statistics

    Department of Mathematics and Statistics
    Minnesota State University, Mankato
    273 Wissink Hall
    Mankato, MN 56001
    Office Phone: +1 507-389-2719


Research Interests


Students Advised at MSU

  1. Hope Enright (2023), Environmental Scientist, State of South Dakota
  2. Kevin Bischoff (2023)
  3. Sho Kawakami (2020), currently PhD student at Northwestern University
  4. Dilbar Abdurakhimova (2018), Design Engineer Intern R&AE Crop Care, AGCO Corporation
  5. Hajar Aldhamdi (2017)
  6. Damilola Olabode (2016), Clinical Pharmacometrician at AstraZeneca
  7. Sarah Lanand (2016), Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota Rochester
  8. Khaled Alzobydi (2015)
  9. Lindsay Stepan (2014), Assistant Director of Math and Sciences, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  10. Nghiep Huynh (2014), Mathematical Statistician, Internal Revenue Service
  11. Jacob Westman (2014), Research Asssociate at UnitedHealth Group
  12. Gregory Dosh (2014), Lead Software Engineering Coach at Target


  1. J. Mohammed-Awel, E. Numfor, R. Zhao, and S. Lenhart A new mathematical model studying imperfect vaccination: Optimal control analysis. J. Math. Anal. Appl. , 2021, 500(2): 125132.
  2. R. Zhao and S. Kawakami An Age-Structured Mathematical Model of Malaria with Heterogenous Mosquito Biting Pattern. IJAPM, 2021, 11(1): 9-16.
  3. R. Zhao, Y.-T. Zhang, and S. Chen. Krylov implicit integration factor WENO method for SIR model with directed diffusion. Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B, 2019, 24(9): 4983-5001.
  4. J. Mohammed-Awel, R. Zhao, E. Numfor, and Suzanne Lenhart. Management strategies in a malaria model combining human and transmission-blocking vaccines. Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems - Series B, 2017, 22(3):977-1000.
  5. R. D. Skeel, R. Zhao, and C. B. Post. A minimization principle for transition paths of maximum flux for collective variables. Theoretical Chemistry Accounts, 2017, 136:14.
  6. C. N. Ngonghala, J. Mohammed-Awel, R. Zhao, and O. Prosper. Interplay between insecticide-treated bed-nets and mosquito demography: implications for malaria control. J. Theo. Biol., 2016, 397, pp 179-192.
  7. C. N. Ngonghala, S. Y. Del Valle, R. Zhao and J. Mohammed-Awel. Quantifying the impact of decay in bed-net efficacy on malaria transmission. J. Theo. Biol., 2014, 363, pp 247-261.
  8. R. Zhao and J. Mohammed-Awel. A Mathematical Model Studying Mosquito-stage Transmission-blocking Vaccines. Math. Biosc. and Engin., 2014, 11(5), pp 1229-1245.
  9. F. Agusto, S. Y. Del Valle, K. W Blayneh, C. N. Ngonghala, M. J. Goncalves, N. Li, R. Zhao and H. Gong The Impact of Bed-net Use on Malaria Prevalence. J. Theo. Biol., 2013, 320, pp 58-65.
  10. H. Huang, R. Zhao, B. M. Dickson, R. D. Skeel and C. B. Post. AlphaC Helix as a Switch in the Conformational Transition of Src/CDK-like Kinase Domains., J. Phys. Chem. B, 2012, 116(15), pp 4465-4475.
  11. R. D. Skeel and R. Zhao. Solving Geometric Two-Point Boundary Value Problems., AIP Conf. Proc., 2011, 1389, pp 30-33.
  12. R. Zhao, J. Shen and R. D. Skeel. Maximum Flux Transition Paths of Conformational Change., J. Chem. Theory Comput., 2010, 6(8), pp 2411-2423.
  13. F. A. Milner and R. Zhao. A New Mathematical Model of Syphilis., Math. Model. Nat. Phenom., 5(6) 2010, 96-108.
  14. F. A. Milner and R. Zhao. S-I-R Model with Directed Spatial Diffusion., Math. Pop. Stud., 15 2008, 160-181.
  15. F. A. Milner and R. Zhao A Deterministic Model of Schistosomiasis with Spatial Structure., Math. Biosc. and Engin., 5 2008, 505-522.
  16. R. Zhao and F. A. Milner. A Mathematical Model of Schistosoma mansoni in Biomphalaria glabrata with control strategies., Bull. Math. Biol., 70 2008, 1886-1905.

Last updated 2023-12-15