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Chao Tang

Chao Tang
Fields Physics, Biology
Institutions Peking University
Alma mater University of Science and Technology of China
University of Chicago (PhD)
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Known for Self-organized criticality
Bak-Tang-Wiesenfeld sandpile

Chao Tang (汤超) is a Chair Professor of Physics and Systems Biology at Peking University. He had his undergraduate training at the University of Science and Technology of China, and received a Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Chicago. In his early career, he worked on problems in statistical physics, dynamical system and complex systems. In 1987, along with Per Bak and Kurt Wiesenfeld, he proposed a concept and developed a theory for self organization in certain complex systems, which they coined self-organized criticality. The model they used to illustrate the idea is referred to as the Bak-Tang-Wiesenfeld "sandpile" model. His current research interest is at the interface between physics and biology. Specifically, he focuses on systems biology and works on problems such as protein folding, cell cycle regulation, function-topology relationship in biological network and cell fate determination. He was a Professor at the University of California San Francisco before returning to China full-time in 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the founding director of the interdisciplinary Center for Quantitative Biology at Peking University and the founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Quantitative Biology.

Selected publications


  1. ^ Bak, P., Tang, C. and Wiesenfeld, K. (1987). "Self-organized criticality: an explanation of 1/f noise". Physical Review Letters 59 (4): 381–384. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.59.381. 
  2. ^ Bak, P., Tang, C. and Wiesenfeld, K. (1988). "Self-organized criticality". Physical Review A 38 (1): 364–374. doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.38.364. 
  3. ^ Li, H., Helling, R., Tang, C. and Wingreen, N. (1996). "Emergence of Preferred Structures in a Simple Model of Protein Folding". Science 273 (5275): 666–669. doi:10.1126/science.273.5275.666. 
  4. ^ Li, F., Long, T., Lu, Y., Ouyang, Q. and Tang, C. (2004). "The yeast cell-cycle network is robustly designed". Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences 101 (14): 4781–4786. doi:10.1073/pnas.0305937101. 
  5. ^ Ma, W., Trusina, A., El-Samad, H. Lim, W. and Tang, C. (2009). "Defining Network Topologies that Can Achieve Biochemical Adaptation". Cell 138 (4): 760–773. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2009.06.013. 
  6. ^ Shu, J. et al. (2013). "Induction of Pluripotency in Mouse Somatic Cells with Lineage Specifiers". Cell 153 (5): 963–975. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2013.05.001. 

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