Xiao-Jing Wang

Global Professor of Neural Science
Director, Swartz Center for Theoretical Neuroscience
New York University 

Email: xjwang@nyu.edu

Lab website: http://www.cns.nyu.edu/wanglab/

Xiao-Jing Wang is Global Professor of Neural Science and Director of the Swartz Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at New York University. In 2012-2014, he served as the founding Provost at NYU Shanghai.

Prior to joining NYU in the fall of 2012, Wang was Professor of Neurobiology at Yale University. At Yale he served as the Director of the Swartz Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, and held secondary faculty appointments in Physics, Applied Mathematics and Psychology.

Wang is an expert in Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience, with a special interest in the neurobiology of executive and cognitive functions. His group has pioneered neural circuit theory of the prefrontal cortex, which is often called the “CEO of the brain”. In particular, Wang is known for his work on the cellular basis of short-term memory, neural mechanisms for decision-making, communication and synchronization through inhibitory neurons in the brain. In recent years, his research group has been developing biologically-realistic large-scale brain circuit models, with the goal to elucidate the complex global brain mechanisms of cognitive functions flexible behavior as well as applications to artificial intelligence and Psychiatry.

Wang received his B.S. and Ph.D. in Physics, both with the highest distinction, from the Free University of Brussels, Belgium. He is a recipient of Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation CAREER Award, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Fellow of Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Rockefeller Foundation Residency Fellowship, and the Chinese Government’s 1000 Talent Award. Wang is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Education

  • 1978-1979: Biology, Peking University, China.
  • 1979-1981: Study in Physics with the highest honors. Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
  • 1981-1983: B.S. in Physics with the highest honors. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
  • 1983-1987: Ph.D. in Physics with the highest honors. ‘Multi-modal oscillations in dissipative dynamical systems and applications to combustion chemistry’. Advisor: Professor Grégoire Nicolis, Institute of Statistical Mechanics and Nonlinear Science directed by Ilya Prigogine, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.