First Name
Last Name
Office Room
Hennings 345
Tel (Office)
(604) 822-5098

Students Wanted
actively recruiting

Bachelor's Degree
University of Science and Technology of China, 1989.

Doctoral Degree
University of Washington, 1997 (Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics)

Employment History

Professor, July, 2013 -now

 Associate Professor, UBC, July, 2006 - June, 2013

Assistant Professor, UBC, Aug, 2003 - June, 2006.

Assistant Professor, Utrecht University, Oct, 2000 - July, 2003


Alfred P. Sloan fellow (2005-2007)

Associate, Canadian Institute for Adavanced Research (2006-2008)

Scholar, Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (2008-2012)

Fellow, Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (2012-2018)

Foreign Associate, ICQS, IoP, Chinese Academy of Sciences (2007-2016)

Killam Research Fellowship, University of British Columbia (2011)

Hobbies and Interests

tennis, skiing, hiking and jogging

Research Area
Condensed Matter

Research Field
Quantum Magnetism/Quantum Many-body Physics/Applications of QFT/CFT

Research Topics
Ultra-Cold Quantum Matter, Strong-Coupling physics, Far Away From Equilibrium Quantum Dynamics, Quantum entanglement and quantum transport/dynamic phenomena, Emergent quantum symmetries and correlations.

Research Title
Strongly coupled quantum many-body systems and quantum dynamics


My research has been focused on the following topics:

  1. Spinor gases and fractionalized topological excitations;
  2. Quantum-fluctuation driven ordering and dynamics;
  3. Strong coupling physics near scale invariant fixed points;
  4. Emergent symmetries and correlations in quantum many-body dynamics;
  5. Topological quantum phases, symmetry-protected quantum criticality and many-body entanglement;
  6. Emergent quantum chaos, quantum hydrodynamics and holographic dissipation.

Generally, I am interested in emergent quantum phenomena (beyond standard paradigms) in condensed matter systems such as emergent causality, supersymmetric quantum dynamics, quantum anomalies, and stability of topological gapless phases etc.

NOTE: Recent research papers can be found here.