ZHENG ZHENG portrait
  • Associate Professor, Physics And Astronomy



  • B.S., Astronomy, Peking University. Project: Drifting Subpulses of Pulsars
  • M.S., Astronomy, Beijing Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Project: An HST Surface Photometric Study of Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies
  • Ph.D., Astronomy, The Ohio State University. Project: Constraining Galaxy Bias and Cosmology Using Galaxy Clustering Data

Honors & Awards

  • YCAA Prize Fellowship. Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Yale University, 08/2009
  • John Bahcall Fellowship. Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 01/2008
  • Hubble Fellowship. NASA/STScI, 09/2004


I obtained my PhD in astrophysics at Ohio State University. Before joining the University of Utah, I have been a postdoc fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (Hubble Fellow and John Bahcall Fellow) and Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics (YCAA fellow). My main research interests are galaxy formation and cosmology.

In the Media

  • "Nearest Bright ‘Hypervelocity Star’ Found", [based on the paper `The First Hypervelocity Star from the LAMOST Survey' by Zheng et al. (2014)]. It led to a wide media (web, newspaper, radio, and TV) coverage around the world in many languages. 05/07/2014. http://unews.utah.edu/news_releases/nearest-bright...