Distinguished credentials, international visibility

Acclaimed academic credentials as a sought-after, prolific public speaker

Academic Profile

Current appointments

03/2018 – present Associate Dean (Global Engagement)
Faculty of Science and Engineering
Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)
03/2018 – present Professor of Astrophysics
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia)

Honorary appointments

04/2015 – present Discipline Scientist (Astrophysics)
International Space Science Institute--Beijing
07/2011 – present International Scientific Publishing Advisor
International Journal of MCH and AIDS
12/2010 – present Guest professor
Shanghai Astronomical Observatory (China)
09/2002 – present (for life) Prize fellow
Hughes Hall (College), University of Cambridge (UK)

Previous appointments

09/2009 – 02/2018 Professor of Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Peking University (China)
04/2012 – 12/2013 Associate Director
Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics
Peking University (China)
06/2003 – 02/2010 Reader, Senior Lecturer, Lecturer in Astrophysics
Department of Physics & Astronomy
The University of Sheffield (UK)
11/2000 – 05/2003 Research fellow
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge (UK)
11/1997 – 10/2000 Research associate
Department of Astronomy, University of Virginia (USA)

Previous honorary appointments

09/2012 – 06/2018 Deputy Editor
The Astrophysical Journal Letters
05/2015 – 02/2018 Visiting Professor
Qiannan Normal College for Nationalities, Duyun City (Guizhou), China
02/2013 – 01/2014 Visiting Academy Professor
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
(held at Leiden University)
08/2012 – 08/2016 Director
East Asian regional office of the Office of Astronomy for Development (International Astronomical Union)
2012 Selby Fellow
Australian Academy of Science
11/2006 – 08/2012 Scientific Editor
The Astrophysical Journal
04/2011 – 03/2012 Visiting professor (distinguished international scholar)
Kyung Hee University (Republic of Korea)
03/2010 – 02/2012 Honorary Reader
Department of Physics & Astronomy
The University of Sheffield (UK)
09/2005 – 08/2009 Adjunct professor
National Astronomical Observatories (Chinese Academy of Sciences), Beijing (China)


1993 – 1997 PhD in Astrophysics
University of Groningen (Netherlands)
1988 – 1992 M.Phil. in Physics & Astronomy
University of Groningen (Netherlands)

High-profile international awards

2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Instructor Award
Peking University (China)
2017 Erskine Award (Fellowship)
University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
2015 Excellent Performance Award
Peking University (China)
2015, 2017 Asian Scientist Writing Prize 2015 and 2017 (Merit Prize)
Asian Scientist Magazine/Science Centre Singapore
2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Inclusion on the Elsevier/Scopus Most Highly Cited Chinese Scholars in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 lists
2014, 2015 Nomination, Top-10 achievement in astrophysics research in China (2013, 2014)
2013 Visiting Academy Professorship
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
2012 Selby Award (for excellence in science)
Australian Academy of Science
2007 Exceptional Contribution Award
University of Sheffield (UK)
1998 “Van Swinderen” Public Outreach Award
Royal Netherlands Physical Society

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