Zhilan Feng studied mathematics at Jilin and Arizona State Universities, where she was a doctoral student of Horst Thieme. She was a post-doctoral and visiting fellow with Carlos Castillo-Chavez and Simon Levin at Cornell and Princeton Universities, respectively, before joining the faculty in the Department of Mathematics at Purdue University, where she became full professor in 2005. Her research includes mathematical modeling of ecology and epidemiology using ordinary, partial, and integro-differential equations. Many of her research projects had been partially supported by grants from NSF, CDC, James S. McDonnell Foundation, and Showalter Trust. She has supervised 15 Ph.D. students at Purdue University. She has co-authored two books and published more than 100 papers on mathematical biology and applied mathematics. She is currently an editor for Journal of Theoretical Biology, Mathematical Biosciences, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering, SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics, and Journal of Biological Dynamics.