Ziheng Yang

Ziheng Yang FRS (Chinese: 杨子恒; born 1 November 1964) is a Chinese biologist, and R. A. Fisher Chair of Statistical Genetics[1] at University College London, and Professor since 2001.[2] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2006.[2] He was awarded the President's Award for Lifetime Achievement by Society for Systematic Biology [3] in 2008, and the Frink Medal for British Zoologists from Zoological Society of London[4] in 2010.

Academic Career

Yang graduated from Gansu Agricultural University with a BSc in 1984, and from Beijing Agricultural University with a Msc in 1987, and PhD in 1992.[5]

He was co-organizer of the 2008 "Statistical and computational challenges in molecular phylogenetics and evolution" conference at the Royal Society.[6]

Since 2009, he has been a co-organizer of an annual workshop on Computational Molecular Evolution (CoME), which has been running in Sanger/Hinxton in odd years and in Hiraklion, Crete in even years. [7]

Yang was a Visiting Professor at Institute of Statistical Mathematics (Tokyo, 1997-8), University of Tokyo (2007-8), Institute of Zoology in Beijing (2010-1), Peking University (2010), National Institute of Genetics, Mishima, Japan (2011), and Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich (2011). In 2008, he was awarded the Changjiang (Yangtze River) Scholar award, by the Ministry of Education (中华人民共和国教育部) of the People's Republic of China. He subsequently served as the Changjiang Chair Professor at Sun Yat-sen University from 2008-2011.



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