Chair Professor, Division Head Lei-Han Tang

Complex Systems

Office Location
Room A207

BS, University of Science and Technology of China, 1981

PhD, Carnegie Mellon University, 1987

Professional Employment

Dr. Tang completed his PhD in statistical physics at the Carnegie Mellon University in 1987. He did postdoctoral work on quasicrystals, growing surfaces, and other nonequilibrium and disordered systems at various US and German institutions including Texas A&M University, the Institute for Solid State Science at KFA Jülich and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Cologne. He was appointed Lecturer at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in 1996 and subsequently joined the Physics Department at the Hong Kong Baptist University as Associate Professor and promoted to Professor in 2005. He joined the Beijing Computational Science Research Center in 2010 as the head of the Complex Systems Laboratory. He has also held visiting appointments at UCSF, Peking University, Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhejiang University and the University of Science and Technology of China.

Research Interest

Dr. Tang’s research combines analytical and computational approaches to explore the effect of equilibrium and nonequilibrium fluctuations on the stability of ordered structures in various physical and biophysical contexts, in particular the energetics and dynamics of defects that disrupt ordering. In recent years, he has collaborated with experimentalists on the development of quantitative tools to analyze and integrate biological data and information.


Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, 2010

Representative Publications
1.  L. Luo and L.-H. Tang, “Sub-diffusive scaling with power-law trapping times”, Chin. Phys. B 23, 070514 (2014).
2.  L. Tian, H. Ma, W. Guo and L.-H. Tang, “Phase transitions of the q-state Potts model on multiply-laced Sierpinski gaskets”, Euro. Phys. J. B 86, 197 (2013).
3.  X. Fu, L.-H. Tang, C. Liu, J.-D. Huang, T. Hwa, P. Lenz, “Stripe formation in bacterial systems with density-suppressed motility”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 198102 (2012).
4.  C. Liu, X. Fu, L. Liu, X. Ren, C.K.L. Chau, S. Li, L. Xiang, H. Zeng, G. Chen, L.-H. Tang, P. Lenz, X. Cui, W. Huang, T. Hwa, J.-D. Huang, “Sequential establishment of stripe patterns in an expanding cell population”, Science 334, 238 (2011).
5.  L.-P. Xiong, Y.Q. Ma, and L.-H. Tang. “Attenuation of transcriptional bursting in mRNA transport”. Phys. Biol. 7, 016005 (2010).
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