Assistant professor


Department of Physics, Tsinghua University

Haidian DS,

Beijing 100084, China






Education and Employment


1. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA
Ph.D. in Physics, Dec 2004; Minor: Mathematics,
Thesis: Dynamical systems approach to 1-d spatiotemporal chaos - A cyclist’s view.
2. Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA
M.S. in Physics, Dec 2000.
3. Beijing University, Beijing, China
B.S. in Physics, July 1997, Minor: Electrical Engineering.
1. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China       
Assistant Professor Mar, 2009 - current
2. University of California, Santa Barbara, California, USA
Postdoctoral Research Associate Apr, 2007 - Feb, 2009
3. The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
Postdoctoral Research Associate Jan, 2005 - Mar, 2007
1. ”Mathematical methods of physics”, Fall, 2010.
2. ”Nonlinear dynamics and chaos”, Fall, 2010-2014.
3. ”Electromagnetism”, Spring, 2012, 2013.
4. ”Frontiers of modern physics”, Spring, 2010-2014.
5. ”Analytic Mechanics”, Spring, 2014.

1. Signal transduction, graph theoretic analysis and evolution analysis of cell reaction networks, cell migration, structure of macromolecules, systems biology.

2. Pattern formation, coherent structures and spatiotemporal chaos in fluids and complex systems.

3. Non-equilibrium statistical mechanics, stochastic processes, Nano-thermodynamics, field theory, nonlinear and complex dynamics, semiclassical calculations.

4. Exact solutions, renormalization group approach to nonlinear differential equations and complex systems.

5.Algorithms, computer simulations and computational biology and physics.

Awards and Membership
Academic honor:
1. Excellent Editorial Board Members, China Science Bulletin, 2013.
2. Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, KTH, The Royal Institute of Technology, 2012.
3. Travel allowance to IMA Workshop: Stochastic Models for Intracellular Reaction Networks,
4. Institute for Mathematics and Its Applications (Minnesota), 2008.
5. Travel Grants for Dynamics Days in 2004 and 2007, Dynamical Systems Organization.
6. Miller’s Scholarship, University of Missouri, 2006.
7. Gilbert Amelio Fellowship, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004.
Academic services:
Editor: Communications in Nonlinear Science and Numerical Simulation.
Editorial Board: China Science Bulletin.
Paper Referee: J. Phys. A, Physica D, J. Chem. Phys. 
Selected Publications
1. “Topological classification of steady periodic solutions of the Kuramoto-Sivashinsky equation”,
C. Dong and Y. Lan, Commun. Nonl. Sci. Numer. Simul. 19, 2140(2014).
2. “Casimir force between topological insulator slabs”,
W. Nie, R. Zeng, Y. Lan and S. Zhu, Phys. Rev. B 88, 085421(2013).
3. “Nonlinear waves on circle networks with excitable nodes”,
S. Wang and Y. Lan, J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 46, 365101(2013).
4. “A resolution of turbulence paradox: Numerical implementation”,
Y. Lan and Y. C. Li, Intl. J. Nonl. Mech. 51, 1(2013).
5. “Improved contact prediction in proteins: using pseudolikelihoods to infer potts models”, 
M. Ekeberg, C. L¨ovkvist, Y. Lan, M. Weigt and E. Aurell, Phys. Rev. E 87, 012707(2013).
6. “Computation of growth rates of random sequences with multi-step memory”,
C. Zhang and Y. Lan, J. Stat. Phys. 150, 722(2013).
7. “Linearization in the large of nonlinear systems and Koopman operator spectrum”,
Y. Lan and I. Mezi´c, Physica D 242, 42(2013).
8. “Bridging steady states with renormalization group analysis”,
Y. Lan, Phys. Rev. E 87, 012914(2013).
9. “The N-leap method for stochastic simulation of coupled chemical reactions”,
Y. Xu and Y. Lan, J. Chem. Phys. 137, 204103(2012).
10. “Effect of Casmir force on the entanglement between a levitated nanosphere and cavity modes”,
W. Nie, Y. Lan, Y. Li and S. Zhu, Phys. Rev. A 86, 063809(2012).
11. “Theory of active transport in filopodia and stereocilia”,
P. I. Zhuravleva, Y. Lan, M. S. Minakovaa and G. A. Papoian, PNAS 109, 10849 (2012).
12. “Two-dimensional solitons in PT linear lattice potentials”,
J. Zeng and Y. Lan, Phys. Rev. E 85, 047601 (2012).
13. “Thermally driven Casimir ratchet-oscillator system”,
W. Nie and Y. Lan, Phys. Rev. E 86, 011110 (2012).
14. “Accelerating cycle expansions by dynamical conjugacy”,
A. Gao, J. Xie and Y. Lan, J. Stat. Phys. 146, 56 (2012).
15. “Stability analysis of the gene network regulating Drosophila segmentation”,
L.Wang, P.Wang and Y. Lan, Sci. Sin. Phys. Mech. Astron. 41, 466 (2011).
16. “Novel computation of the growth rate of generalized Fibonacci sequences”,
Y. Lan, J. Stat. Phys. 142, 847(2011).
17. “On the architecture of cell regulation networks”,
Y. Lan and I. Mezi´c, BMC Syst. Biol. 5, 37(2011).
18. “Cycle expansion: from maps to turbulence”,
Y. Lan , Commun. Nonlin. Sci. Numer. Simul., 15, 502(2010).