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Yiteng Dang

Yiteng Dang

PhD candidate
(November 2015 - Present)

  y.dang@tudelft.nl   

Netherlands

How does a theoretical physicist end up in a biology-related lab where he works with pipettes, Eppendorfer tubes, yeast plates and a big experimental apparatus that often gives surprises (not always in the positive sense)? Looking back at my journey to this lab, I would almost believe that joining this lab was a random event. Just as in the cell many things work by diffusion, Brownian motion and other inherently random processes, I drifted around various fields ranging from pure mathematics to condensed matter physics before arriving at my current field of study: systems biology, quantitative biology or whatever name is suitable. Randomness can be very valuable: something happening spontaneously might give surprising and interesting results. The fact that life exists might be due to nothing else than randomness. Or imagine how boring the world would be if everything was predictable. The bottom line is that joining this lab in Delft was not something I planned beforehand, but that makes it all the more exciting!