Experience

Employment
  • Chair, Department of Astronomy, Tsinghua University, 04/2019-Present
  • Director, Tsinghua Center for Astrophysics, Tsinghua University, 10/2014-8/2019
  • Researcher, National Astronomical Observatories of China, 10/2010-07/2018
  • Professor of astrophysics, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Univ. of Manchester, 08/2006-07/2019
  • Reader in astrophysics, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Univ. of Manchester, 10/2002-07/2006
  • Lecturer in astrophysics, Jodrell Bank Observatory, Univ. of Manchester, 1/2000-10/2002
  • Long-term postdoctoral fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, 9/1995-12/1999
  • Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, 9/1992-8/1995
Education
  • PhD, Princeton University, 9/1988-8/1992
  • BsC, University of Science and Technology, 9/1984-8/1988
Awards
Board membership & editorship
  • I am on the board of the Thirty Meter Telescope (2010-) and the Science Advisory Committee at the nearby KIAA (2015-)
  • I am an editor of Science in China G and New Journal of Physics
  • Associate chair, Educational Guidance Board for Astronomy, Oct. 2018 -
  • Referees for the Astrophysical Journal, Monthly Notices, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Science, Nature etc, and a number of international funding agencies

Teaching

Current Courses
  • Fall 2017, 2018, 2019: Galactic Dynamics (graduate course) (星系动力学, 32 lectures)
  • Fall 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019: Frontiers of Astrophysics (undergraduate) [天文学前沿] (32 lectures)
  • Fall 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019: Roaming between Physics and astrophysics (undergraduate) [漫游在物理和天文的交叉领域] (16 lectures)
  • Spring 2016, 2017 Discovering the Universe (undergraduate@ucas) [发现宇宙@国科大] (3 lectures)
  • Fall 2019 宇宙之美 The beauty of the Universe (undergraduate, 通识课) (16 lectures)
Past PhD students, undergrads and postdocs
    PhD : Martin Smith (2000-2003; professor@SHAO); Alex Wood (PhD, 2002-2006; industry); Dandan Xu (2006-2010.1; staff@Tsinghua); Szymon Kozlowski (2004-2007; staff@Warsaw); Richard Long (2005-2009; researcher@NAOC); Sarah Bryan (2007-2010; industry); Matthew Penny (2008-2011; Assistant professo @Louisiana State); Jian Wang (2010-2012; industry); Ling Zhu (2010-2014; a faculty at SHAO); Qiran Xia (2011-2016; banking); Hongyu Li (2014-2018; industry [Baidu AI]); Yunpeng Jin (2014.9-2020.1; postdoc@SHAO); Rui Guo (2013.9-2020.8; postdoc@Shanghai Jiaotong); Chao Li (2014.9-2020.8; postdoc@tsinghua, machine learning); Shengdong Lu (2016.9-2020.8; postdoc@tsinghua, astronomy)
    Master : Sooyoung Kim, Manchester (2003-2004?); Emily Hall, Manchester (2007-2008?); Vincent Lau, Manchester (2008-2009?); Shunsheng Li (Master, 2016.9-2019.9; PhD@Leiden); Li Ma (Master, 2016.9-2019.9; high school teacher); Hanci Du (Master, 2017.9?-2019.6; to be decided)
    Undergrads (selected) : Benedikt Diemer (2007-2008@Manchester; PhD@Chicago, 2015; postdoc@Harvard, 2016); Weichen Wang (2015-2016; PhD@John Hopkins); Wei Zhu (2013-2014; PhD@Ohio State, postdoc@CITA); Ruizhu Chen (Jan. 2011, visiting undergrad; PhD@Stanford); Sizheng Ma (2015-2017, Tsinghua undergrad; PhD@caltech); Xiaohan Wu (2016-2017, PKU undergrad; PhD@Harvard); Luchuan Liu (2017-2018, Tsinghua; PhD@USTC); Yunchong Wang (2016-2019; PhD@Stanford); Xinlun Cheng (2017-2019; PhD@Virginia); Tianshu Wang (2016-2019; PhD@Princeton); Yan Liang (2018-2019; PhD@tsinghua); Hongjin Yang (2018-2019, Xiameng; PhD@tsinghua); Yawei Su (2018-2020.06; Master@Houston)
    Postdocs (selected) : Kyu-Hyun Chae (2001-2003) (Professor, Sejong University/South Korea); Nick Rattenbury (2004-2009) (Rutherfellow, New Zealand); Zheng Zheng (2014-2017, staff@NAOC); Xiaojia Zhang (2016-2018, postdoc@Hong Kong), Yiping Shu (2015-2017, now a staff member at MPO; currently at Cambridge); Xiaolei Meng (2016.12-2018.7); Junqiang Ge (2013-2019); Roberto Jaimes (2018.9-2019.1)
Current (or recent) students and postdocs
    Master and PhD students : Weicheng Zang (2017.9-); Tianjun Gan (2018.9-); Hongjin Yang (2019.9-); Renkun Kuang (2020.1-), joint PhD student; Xiaohan Wang (2021.9-, incoming); Yaxin Xu (2021.9-, incoming);
    Undergrads : Xiaohan Wang (2019-, 4th year, Tsinghua); Boyi Ding (2019-, 3rd year, Tsinghua); Youquan Fu (2019-, 3rd year, Tsinghua); Zerui Liu (2019-, 3rd year, Tsinghua).
    Postdoc and fixed-term staff : Xiaocheng zheng (2016-);

Research

Research interests
Projects
Selected publications ( Full refereed publications on ADS )

Public Outreach


Contact

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