Presidential Chair Professor, 07/2014 — present
U.C. San Diego

co-director, 07/2014 — present
Quantitative Biology Graduate Program, U.C. San Diego

Senior Fellow, 01/2014 — 08/2015
Institute for Theoretical Studies, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Professor, 07/2009 — present
Section of Molecular Biology, Division of Biological Sciences, U.C. San Diego

Distinguished Visiting Professor, 11/2008 — present
Department of Physics and Department of Biochemistry, The University of Hong Kong

Chang Jiang Visitor Professor, 09/2002 — 08/2007
Center for Advanced Study, Tsinghua University , Beijing, China

Professor, 07/1999 — present
Department of Physics, Divison of Physical Sciences, U.C. San Diego

Visting Professor, 01/1999 — 12/1999
Center for Studies in Physics and Biology, Rockefeller University, New York

Associate Professor, 07/1995 — 06/1999
Department of Physics, Division of Natural Sciences, U.C. San Diego

Assistant Professor, 08/1994 — 06/1995
Department of Physics, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY

Long-term Member, 09/1993 — 08/1994
School of Natural Sciences, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Post-doctoral Fellow, 09/1990 — 08/1993
Department of Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Ph. D. in Physics, 1990
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
thesis: Statistical mechanics and dynamics of surfaces and membranes

B.S. in Physics, Biology, and Electrical Engineering, 1986
Stanford University, Stanford, CA
physics thesis : The electroweak contribution to the muon’s g-2 anomaly
EE thesis: Laser-recrystallization and silicon-on-insulator device structure

Awards & Fellowships

Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (since 2012)

Fellow of the American Physical Society (since 2008)

Burroughs-Wellcome’s Innovation Award in Functional Genomics, 2000-2003

Guggenheim Fellowship, 1999-2000

Beckman Young Investigator Award, 1997-2000

Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, 1995-1998

A. P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 1994-1999

Overseas Chinese Physics Association’s Outstanding Young Researcher Award, 1993

American Physical Society’s LeRoy Apker Award, 1986

Professional Activities

Editorial Board Member, Molecular Systems Biology, 2014 — present

Steering Committee Member, EcoCyc, 2011 — present

International Advisory Committee Member, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Chinese Academy of Science,  2005 — 2011

Editor-in-Chief, Physical Biology, 2004 — 2010

Organizer, q-bio preprint archive, 2003 — 2009

Member, Steering Committee, Kavali Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, 2003 — 2006

Organizer, Program on “Statistical Physics and Biological Information”, Kavli Institute of Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, 2001