To be precise, PTC is a large group and there is no sharp boundary between the greater PTC group and my little research division. Nevertheless the students who work formally (and typically that means more closely) with me are listed.

Post-graduate students

Name Program Year Next Position
Yuhang Zhu PhD 2019 -
Gowtham Amirthya Neppoleon MPhil 2019 -
Ali Akil PhD 2018 -
Xi Tong PhD 2018 -
Mian Zhu PhD 2018 -
Qianhang Ding PhD 2018 -
Chon-Man Sou PhD 2018 -
Shiyun Lu PhD 2017 -
Jackie Liu PhD 2017 -
Shek Kit CHU MPhil 2017 - 2019 HKUST
Siyi Zhou PhD 2014 - 2019 Stockholm University
Hongliang Jiang PhD 2014 - 2018 University of Bern
Yaroslav Felipe Kalle Kossio MPhil 2014 - 2016 University of Bonn

Undergraduate students (selected)

Name Graduate From To
Wan Zhen Chua 2019 HKUST Perimeter (PSI)
Mang Hei Gordon Lee 2019 HKUST Cambridge
Aditya Iyer 2018 HKUST Oxford
Weichen Xiao 2017 HKUST LMU Munich
Ziwei Wang 2017 USTC McGill U
Guanhao Sun 2016 HKUST Columbia
Minxi He 2016 USTC U. Tokyo
Junyu Liu 2016 USTC Caltech


Presentation is a piece of art. Thus there is no standard answer for its skills. Nevertheless, there are some suggestions on rules and tricks. They are personal and probably biased. If you are experienced, all are probably breakable. Select the content Know the audience Who is in the audience? What do they know and what do they want to know? Different types of talks imply different group of audience.

“Should I choose to study theoretical high energy physics?”

“Should I join this research group?”

This article is written for the students who may have those questions.


Congratulations! You are at the point to summarize your scientific findings and put them into a research paper. You might have thought that this is simple. As a student, you have written many study reports – lab reports, reading reports, essay for courses, … However, a research paper is more important, serious, tricky in many ways that you may not have thought of.


This page is an introduction of minimal knowledge for high energy theory research. In short, one should learn quantum field theory (QFT). And for theoretical cosmology related research (my research direction), in addition one should learn general relativity (GR) and cosmology. These courses should be learned early. Why early? If you are willing to take high energy theory as your future career, I recommend an undergraduate student to learn QFT (and/or GR) in the spring semester of the 2nd year.

Students start to do research by learning the background knowledge and then asking supervisors for projects. After those steps are well done, the students should try to be more creative, generate ideas and find research project themselves. This is a hard but crucial step on the trajectory toward an independent researcher.

I am definitely not creative enough to talk about creativity. Nevertheless, share my two cents with the students who have just started to do research.