Yang Group


Welcome to new postdoc Christopher Sutton from Georgia Tech and new graduate students newly affiliated with Dr. Yang: Ye Jin and Anderson da Silva


Student Zachary Scholl Honored

Grad student Zachary Scholl has been accepted to particiapate in the 2015 St. Jude Graduate Student Symposium. From 1,815 applications, 44 students were selected by faculty review committee to attend this event.


We welcome new arrival Jiangheng Wu, PhD, Visiting Scholar funded by the China Scholarship Council.


Duke Chemist's Work Makes Top 10

The journal Nature has named the article that Chengteh Lee, Weitao Yang and Robert G. Parr published in 1988 in Physical Review B one of the top 100 most-cited research publications of all time and all fields, entering the list at number 7. Of the publications in chemistry to make the list, the Lee-Yang-Parr article is the most cited one.




Fellowships Announced 2015 for Outstanding Graduate Students

Congratulations to Chen Li for being awarded a Paul M. Gross Fellowship as well as a William Krigbaum Fellowship,
providing stipend support and tuition remission for Spring 2015.

Also congratulations to Du Zhang for being awarded a Joe Taylor Adams Fellowship. This award provides stipend support and tuition remission for Spring 2015.



Weitao Yang wins Florida Award of the ACS!

Weitao Yang has won the Florida Award of the ACS; he will receive the award

on May 10, 2014 at the Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition where a symposium will be held in his honor.  Prior Duke Chemistry awardees include pioneering colleagues Paul Gross (1952) and Charles Hauser (1957).  Congratulations Weitao! Read more:


Zachary Scholl honored

with Student Research Achievement Award along with several others at the Biophysical Society meeting February 2014.




Farewell and congratulations to Degao Peng, who received his PhD and was hooded this May. Degao headed for California to be a data scientist with Linked In, Inc.

Dr. Stephan Steinmann, from Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Institute des Sciences et Ingenierie Cheminques, from Switzerland, has left the Yang group for his new postdoc position at Ecole Normale Superieure in Lyon, France.

Dr. Helen van Aggelen, Research Foundatiion Flanders fellow and visiting scholar, has departed for Princeton to work with Dr. Garnet Chan.

Dr. Chunmei Tang, visiting scholar, has left the Yang group and returned to her teaching position at Hohai University in Nanjing, China.

Pan Wu, completed his PhD dissertation and defened in August, 2013. He has joined TrueCar, Inc. in California working as a Data Scientist.

Dr. Jun Wang, Research Scientist, has departed to become a Software Developer in Epic Company in Madison, Wisconsin.


June 2013: grad student, Yang Yang, is awarded a Paul M. Gross Fellowship, which will pay stipend and tuition remission for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Congratulations, Yang!

April 2013: A new approach for explorations in uncharted chemical space. Post-docs Aaron Virshup and Julia Contreras-Garcia, working in the groups of Profs. Beratan and Yang, together with Adjunct Prof. Wipf, report a new approach to taking "stochastic voyages into uncharted chemical space" in order to construct representative libraries that span new galaxies of drug-like compounds. They have shown that the regions sampled are absent in earlier real and virtual molecular libraries. Their approach appears as the JACS Just Accepted paper.


Welcome to our new postdoc, Lin Shen, from University of Hong Kong, advisee of Professor Hao Hu, former Assistant Research Professor of the Yang group here. Same QM/MM research area.

Welcome to new Graduate Student Rachel Al-Saadon, Spring 2013, and Hao Wang, Fall 2013.