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张何朋教授、周栋焯教授任自然科学研究院副院长 Prof.Hepeng Zhang and Prof.Douglas Zhou were appointed as Associate Directors of the Institute of Natural Sciences

2020年5月6日,自然科学研究院召开春季学期全体教工大会。上海交通大学副校长徐学敏、院领导班子及全体教工出席大会。会上,金石院长宣读了自然科学研究院任命决定,聘任周栋焯教授、张何朋教授为自然科学研究院副院长。徐学敏副校长致辞并对新上任的两位年轻的副院长表示祝贺。

张何朋和周栋焯两位教授是与自然科学研究院一同成长起来的青年教师,他们既见证了研究院科研力量的日益壮大,同时也为研究院逐步成为高水平交叉科学研究平台贡献力量。

十年来,他们始终坚守在教学一线,通过设立本科生、研究生讨论班,组织软物质物理和计算神经相关的暑期学校、冬季班等学术活动,进一步构建具有交大特色的教学体系,为致远学院、物理与天文学院及数学科学学院培养拔尖人才搭建良好的教学和科研互动平台。2019年,张何朋和周栋焯教授被聘任为“致远学院Fellow”。

同时,他们潜心科研,凭借强大的专业学科背景,将触角伸向交叉学科领域,结合理论研究与实验研究,在一系列的交叉科研方向上取得突破性研究成果。此外,他们积极参与学院事务管理和活动组织,推动行政事务的顺利展开,助力建设研究院与国际学术机构接轨的软环境。

张何朋

上海交通大学自然科学研究院副院长,上海交通大学自然科学研究院/物理与天文学院教授。

2000年毕业于复旦大学,获物理学学士学位。2004年毕业于纽约城市大学,获物理学博士学位。2004—2010年于德克萨斯大学奥斯汀分校非线性动力学中心从事博士后研究工作。 2010年加入上海交通大学自然科学研究院/物理与天文学院。主要研究方向为生物和机器人的集体运动,研究方法以精确控制的实验为主,辅以理论和数值模型;在PNAS、PRL等学术期刊发表文章30余篇,应邀作多个国际学术会议邀请报告。研究工作获得来自国家自然科学基金、上海市科委、教委的基金支持。入选国家自然科学基金优秀青年,教育部长江学者等荣誉项目。

周栋焯

上海交通大学自然科学研究院副院长,上海交通大学自然科学研究院/数学与科学学院教授。

2002年与2007年毕业于北京大学,分别获得数学学士学位、数学博士学位。2007—2009年于纽约大学库朗研究所从事博士后研究工作。2010年加入上海交通大学自然科学研究院/数学科学学院。主要研究方向为计算神经学,在PNAS、PRL等核心期刊发表文章50余篇,研究成果两次被PLOS Computational Biology选为亮点文章。主持国家自然科学基金优秀青年基金,面上项目等,应邀作世界华人数学家大会45分钟邀请报告、世界华人神经科学家大会特邀报告等。入选青年科技启明星计划等荣誉项目。

On May 6, 2020, Institute of Natural Sciences held a spring semester faculty and staff meeting. Xu Xuemin, Vice President of Shanghai Jiaotong University, the leadership team of INS and all the faculty and staff attend the conference. Director Shi Jin announced the appointment decision of the Institute of Natural Sciences, appointing Hepeng Zhang and Douglas Zhou as Associate Directors of the Institute of Natural Sciences. Vice President Xuemin Xu addressed and congratulated the two newly appointed vice presidents.

Prof. Zhang and Prof. Zhou are young professors who grew up together with the Institute of Natural Sciences. They witnessed and contributed to the development of the Institute’s high-level cross-discipline research platform.

For ten years, they have always stayed on the front line of teaching. Through the establishment of undergraduate and postgraduate discussion classes, organizing summer/winter schools related to soft matter physics and computational neuroscience, they have further built a teaching system with Shanghai Jiao Tong University characteristics and an interactive platform for teaching and scientific research to cultivate top-notch talents in Zhiyuan College, School of Physics and Astronomy and School of Mathematical Sciences. In 2019, Prof.Zhang and Prof.Zhou were appointed as “Fellow of Zhiyuan College”.

At the same time, they devote themselves to scientific research, utilizing a strong professional background to extending their research into interdisciplinary fields. By combining theoretical and experimental tools, they have obtained breakthrough results in various research topics. In addition, they actively participate in Institute management and event organization, promote the smooth development of administrative affairs, and help creating a soft environment that is commonly found in many internationally acclaimed academic institutions.

Hepeng Zhang

Vice Director, Institute of Natural Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Professor, Institute of Natural Sciences / School of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

He graduated from Fudan University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. He graduated from the City University of New York in 2004 with a doctorate in physics. From 2004 to 2010, he carried out research as a postdoc in the Center for Nonlinear Dynamics in University of Texas at Austin. He joined the faculty of the Institute of Natural Sciences / School of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2010.His research focuses on collective dynamics in biological and robotic systems and utilizes well-controlled laboratory experiments complemented with theoretical and numerical models. He has published more than 30 articles in scientific journals including PNAS and PRL and have delivered keynote talks in multiple international conferences. His research receives supports from the National Natural Science Foundation and Shanghai Municipal Government. He has been elected as a National Outstanding Young Researcher and a Changjiang Distinguished Young Professor.

Douglas Zhou

Vice Director, Institute of Natural Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Professor, Institute of Natural Sciences / School of Mathematical Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

He graduated from School of Mathematical Sciences at Peking University and received a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in 2002 and 2007, respectively. From 2007 to 2009, carried out research as a postdoc at the Courant Institute of New York University. In 2010, he joined the Institute of Natural Sciences / School of Mathematical Sciences, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The main research area is computational neuroscience. He has published more than 50 articles in core journals such as PNAS、PRL, etc. His research results have been selected as the highlight article twice by PLOS Computational Biology. He was in charge of the National Natural Science Foundation for Outstanding Young Researcher , General programs, etc., and made the 45-minute invited reports at the World Chinese Neuroscientists Conference and the World Chinese Numerologists Conference,etc. He has been elected into the Youth Science and Technology Star Program and other honorary projects.