Curriculum Vitae


Jan. 2019 – now

Principal Investigator, Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Mar. 2016 – Dec. 2018

Postdoc with Hanna Kokko, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zürich, Switzerland

Continued Education:

Sep. 2018 – Feb. 2019

IBM Data Science Professional Certificate (9-course Coursera Specialization)


Jan. 2013 – Jan. 2016

Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude) with Arne Traulsen, Department of Evolutionary Theory, Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany

Sep. 2012 – Dec. 2012

Rotation student with Bernhard Haubold and Arne Traulsen in MPI for Evolutionary Biology

Sep. 2010 – Jun. 2012

Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (Summa cum laude), Universiteit Gent, Belgium and Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France

Sep. 2006 – Jun. 2010

Bachelor of Science, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China

Grants, Scholarships and Awards:

10. University of Neuchâtel Equality Grant "Subvention égalité” (CHF 3'476).

9. Swiss National Science Foundation “Ambizione” career grant (CHF 895'724).

8. University of Zürich Graduate Research Campus Grant (CHF 10'000) for organizing the conference “Indo-Swiss collaboration Primer in Ecology and Evolution” on Sep. 18-20, 2018. The grant is shared with Shraddha Karve and Felix Moerman. 

7. Travel grant from the DynaTrait conference on Oct. 9-13, 2017 in Hannover, 2017

6. Travel grant from the Max Planck Alumni Association, 2017

5. IMPRS PhD scholarship from the Max Planck Society, 2013–2016

4. Best talk award (Title: Replicator dynamics in populations with distinct life stages) from the International Max-Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology Annual Retreat, Sep. 1-3, 2014, Eckernförde, Germany 

3. Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from the European Commission, 2010–2012

2. National Scholarship from the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, No.11428, 2007

1. First Class Academic Scholarship from Ocean University of China, 2006–2009

Teaching activities

1. Master’s practical course in microbiology “Experimental evolution and modelling of bacterial dispersal and competitive interactions”, spring semester 2020, together with Diego Gonzalez, University of Neuchâtel.

2. Master’s course "An integrative approach to animal behaviour”, 2nd semester, 2019 and 2020. Together with Redouan Bshary and Klaus Zuberbuehler (2019) and with Redouan Bshary and Emily Genty (2020), University of Neuchâtel.

3. Master’s course "Behavioral Ecology” in University of Neuchâtel, 2nd semester, 2019. Together with Redouan Bshary, University of Neuchâtel.

4. Seminar course “An introduction to individual-based modelling” on the ESEB Special Topic Network Workshop on Aug. 26-30, 2019, Montpellier, France.

Student supervision

— PhD supervisor of Thierry Kuhn, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland

— External expert of the PhD Thesis committee of Shota Shibasaki in Sara Mitri's Lab, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Institutional Responsibilities

Dec. 2017 – Dec. 2018

Postdoc representative of the Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Nov. 2014–Nov. 2015

Institutional contact person, and member of the Scientific Events Working Group of the Max Planck PhDnet of the Max Planck Society

Sep. 2014 – Sep. 2015

Student representative of the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Evolutionary Biology, Plön, Germany

Active Memberships in Scientific Societies

— European Society for Evolutionary Biology 

— Society for the Study of Evolution

— Swiss Zoological Society

— Evolutionary Demography Society

Memberships in Panels and Boards

— Secretary of the Evolutionary Demography Society, since October 2020

— External expert of EU Horizon 2020 (ID: EX2017D302131)

— Guest editor for a Phil. Trans. B special issue “Linking local adaptation with the evolution of sex differences”, together with Tim Connallon and Florence Débarre. [Link]

— Active reviewer for PLoS Computational Biology, Evolution, Heredity, Scientific Reports, Journal of Theoretical Biology, Axios Review, and the European Physical Journal B

Organisation of Conferences

12. TheBioNet online seminar series, 08.10.2020, 22.10 2020. [Link]

11. Kick-off of the Network of Theoretical Biology in Western Switzerland, Nov. 26, 2019, Lausanne, Switzerland.

10.  Symposium “Evolutionary Game Theory: Modern development and interdisciplinary applications” on ESEB 2019, Aug. 19–24, Turku, Finland 

9.    Indo-Swiss Collaboration Primer in Evolution and Ecology, Sep. 18-20, 2018, Zürich, Switzerland

8.     Symposium “Evolution of dispersal: From mathematical modeling to field studies”, the 1st AsiaEvo Conference, Apr. 18–20. 2018, Shenzhen, China

7.     Networking session “Global Funding Opportunities – from science to entrepreneurship”, 2017 Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers, Aug. 31–Sep. 3, 2017, Berlin, Germany

6.     ESEB Special Topic Networks Workshop “Linking local adaptation with the evolution of sex differences”, Aug.14–17, 2017, Lund, Sweden

5.     Mini-symposium “Evolutionary dynamics under selections of multiple scales”, Conference of Modeling Biological Evolution 2017, Apr. 4–7, 2017, Leicester, UK

4.     Visions in Science 2015: Branch and Connect, Sep. 24–26, 2015, Bonn, Germany

3.     The 1st Max Planck Career Fair (as a core organizer), Sep. 24, 2015, Bonn, Germany

2.     Annual Retreat of the International Max Planck Research School for Evolutionary Biology, Sep 1–3, 2014, Eckernförde, Germany

1.     Annual Symposium of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, May 15–16, 2013, Plön, Germany

Outreach Activities:

4.    Publish of popular science article Why Sex? on New Principia [Link]. 

3.    Organizer of the networking session “Global Funding Opportunities – from science to entrepreneurship” together with EUrelations AG, on the 2017 Max Planck Symposium for Alumni and Early Career Researchers, Aug. 31–Sep. 3, 2017, Berlin, Germany

2.    Co-organizer of the interdisciplinary science event 2015 Visions in Science: Branch and Connect, Sep. 24–26, 2015, Bonn, Germany

1.    Co-organizer of the 1st Max Planck Career Fair, Sep. 24, 2015, Bonn, Germany

Language Skills:

— English: fluent

— Chinese (Mandarin): mother-tongue

— German: B2

 — Japanese: basic