Chao Tang is a Chair Professor of Physics and Systems Biology at Peking University. He had his undergraduate training in Mechanics at the University of Science and Technology of China and received a Ph.D. degree in Physics from the University of Chicago. In his early career, he worked on problems in statistical physics, condensed matter physics, dynamical and complex systems. His current research interest is at the interface between physics and biology, in particular systems biology and biological physics. He was a tenured full professor at the University of California San Francisco before returning to China full-time in 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, an Academician in the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the founding director of the Center for Quantitative Biology at Peking University and the founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Quantitative Biology.