I am a theoretical physicist engaged in the study of interacting living matter.  My goal is to understand why biological function remains so robust despite stochasticity and fluctuations on the microscopic scale. This research draws on my experience in many-body physics, statistical mechanics and designing novel phases of matter. Active interests include the study of global cycles and synchronization, optimal learning and information in fluid flows.

Last semester (Summer 2020), I lectured in the Active Matter course at the University of Göttingen. There are currently two students in my group. For ongoing projects, see my research group page on the left.

Previously, I was an Africk Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, focusing on cognition and brain development in the group of Dani Bassett.
In 2015, I received my PhD in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where I worked with Xiao-Gang Wen on topological phases in quantum electronic systems. I hold an MPhil from the University of Cambridge (where I was a Gates scholar) and a BS from Yale University.

Selected publications:

E. Tang, M.G. Mattar, C. Giusti, S.L. Thompson-Schill and D.S. Bassett
Effective learning is accompanied by high dimensional and efficient representations of neural activity
Nature Neuroscience (2019)
E. Tang and D.S. Bassett
Colloquium: Control of dynamics in brain networks
Reviews of Modern Physics (2018)
E. Tang, C. Giusti, G. Baum, S. Gu, E. Pollock, A.E. Kahn, D. Roalf, T.M. Moore, K. Ruparel, R.C. Gur, R.E. Gur, T.D. Satterthwaite, and D.S. Bassett
Developmental increases in white matter network controllability support a growing diversity of brain dynamics
Nature Communications (2017)
E. Tang and L. Fu
Strain-induced partially flat band, helical snake states and interface superconductivity in topological crystalline insulators
Nature Physics (2014)
E. Tang and X.-G. Wen
Interaction effects on 1D fermionic symmetry protected topological phases
Physical Review Letters (2012)
E. Tang, J.-W. Mei and X.-G. Wen
High temperature fractional quantum Hall states
Physical Review Letters (2011)

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