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Dr. Lei-Han Tang completed his PhD in statistical physics at the Carnegie Mellon University in 1987. He did postdoctoral work on nonequilibrium and disordered systems at various US and German institutions including Texas A&M University, the IFF at KFA Jülich and the Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of Cologne. He served as Lecturer at the Imperial College London from 1996-1997 before joining the Hong Kong Baptist University in 1997. His research combines analytical and computational approaches to explore the effects of equilibrium and nonequilibrium fluctuations in various physical and biophysical contexts. In recent years, he has collaborated with experimentalists on the development of quantitative tools and models to analyze and integrate biological data and behavior at the cellular level, in particular those related to metabolism, cell motility, and development. He has published more than 100 articles in physics and biological physics, including 20 in the Physical Review Letters. He has been an active researcher and facilitator of interdisciplinary study of living systems. He was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010 and served as a member of the IUPAP C3 Commission on Statistical Physics during the period 2014-2021. He is a serving member of the ICAM-I2CAM Science Steering Committee (2020-).

Research Interests

My main research focus is in the development of novel modeling methodologies and quantitative techniques to treat complex phenomena in physical and biological systems. Of particular interest is the emergence of spatiotemporal organisation and the associated functionality in natural and artificial systems. Ongoing research topics include:
-- Pattern formation in active liquid films
-- Statistical physics of machine learning and DNN
-- Mattis-type order and slow dynamics in annealed glass systems
-- Agent-based model exploration for epidemic control 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Physics, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

1 Sept 198131 Jul 1987

Award Date: 31 Jul 1987


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