About me

Hello! I’m Ju. I am a PhD candidate in neurophysics at Columbia University in the city of New York. I am fascinated by the opportunities created by the abundance of available data and computing power in the modern world, and I am eager to use technical expertise, scientific experience, and communication skills to support the next revolution with big data in the second machine age.

Check my recent blog posts about my internship experience at Tapad.

I graduated from Tsinghua University, magna cum laude, and joined Columbia University in 2011. My doctoral research combines neuroscience and physics in order to understand how neurons communicate with each other from a mechanical perspective and to investigate neural circuit in cognition and behavior.

I have been the Co-President of Women In Science at Columbia, an official student group to advance career development and networking of women researcher, and the Vice President of Columbia Graduate Consulting Club.

I was born and grew up in PingDingShan, the Eagle City in Central China.  Now I am living in New York.



International Fellow

Columbia School of International and Public Affairs

Sept. 2016

  • 1st student from the Department of Biological Sciences to be accepted in the program since its inception in 1960
  • The International Fellows Program (IFP) is an exclusive fellowship awarded to 10 graduate students of all degrees at Columbia each year with demonstrated and estimated ability to emerge as a leader


Academic Administration Fellow

GSAS Executive Vice President for Research – Research Initiatives

Oct. 2015

  • Awarded to selected doctoral students to apprentice in administrative offices across Columbia’s campuses to enhance graduate students’ career preparation

Kavli Travel Scholarship

The Kavli Institute for Brain Science

July 2015

  • Awarded to promising graduate students with the opportunity to attend the annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting, where they present their original research

Graduate Research Assistantship

Columbia University

Sept. 2012

  • Awarded to students supported by an external research grant (National Institutes of Health)

Columbia Doctoral Fellowship

Columbia University

Sept. 2011

Highest entrance award for Columbia PhD students, confers full funding for graduate study

Magne cumm laude (top 1%)

Tsinghua University
July 2011

12.9 Comprehensive First-class Scholarship

For Academic Excellence and Leadership
Tsinghua University  (in Chinese)
Oct. 2010

National Science Foundation: Research Experience for Undergraduates Summer Program Grant

University of Michigan
July 2010

Student Research Training Challenge Cup Grant

Tsinghua University
Feb. 2010

12.9 Comprehensive First-class Scholarship

For Academic Excellence and Leadership
Tsinghua University (in Chinese)
Nov. 2009

National Scholarship

Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (in Chinese)
For Academic Excellence
Nov. 2008

Summer Community Immersion Grant

Tsinghua University (in Chinese)
Sept. 2008



JU_YANG_resume (Updated April 2017)



Email: yangju2011@gmail.com