Meng Yang


This photo was shot at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany, where I had a working visit and started to work on galaxy orbits.

  • BORN 1990, Dalian, Liaoning, China
  • WORKED Beijing, China; St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Artistic Connections

I was involved in the Shine Event which combines science and art and deliver to the public. The project was organized by my supervisor and I was encouraged to join. I took part in the Explorathon-Shine Event on 29/09/18 in Dundee, and the Shine Opera on 25/10/18 in St Andrews.




I graduated from the Department of Physics, Tsinghua University. Then I continued my MSc in Astrophysics in Tsinghua University as well.



I am a PhD student working on galaxy dynamics. I make use of the motion of stars and gas in galaxies to study galaxy properties, such as the dark matter distribution.

Scientific Achievements

I am now working on the dark matter distribution of galaxies. With the help of dynamical modelling, we can probe the dark matter distribution with stellar and gas motions in galaxies. The dark matter distribution of galaxies is important for understanding galaxy formation and evolution, and improve our knowledge of the universe.

Did You Know?

I am a volunteer at the mobile Planetarium show. We introduce the projected night sky to the public, especially school kids. It is both challenging and interesting to communicate with kids.


My supervisors, Anne-Marie Weijmans and Vivienne Wild, showed good examples of being successful woman researchers and provided me with useful suggestions. My collaborator Ling Zhu also encouraged me to build my confidence in science.