Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences, Towson University, Maryland, USA.


In 2000, Dr. Jia-An Yan received his Bachelor in Science and Bachelor in Engineering (minor) from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He received his Ph.D. in Condensed Matter Physics from Tsinghua University in 2005. His doctoral work focused on the electronic structure of dislocations and impurity-dislocation interactions in iron and iron alloys using real-space first-principles methods. Dr. Yan’s postdoctoral fellowship (2005-2009) at the Georgia Institute of Technology focused on the study of two important low-dimensional systems: silicon nanowires and graphene. His second postdoctoral fellowship (2009-2010) at the Vanderbilt University focused on developing new techniques to study the interactions between electron beam and solids in the time domain. After one-year of teaching at the Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, Dr. Yan became an Assistant Professor at the Towson University in 2011.

Research Interest

- Computational and theoretical condensed matter physics - Electronic structure and lattice dynamics of materials at low dimensions - Computational simulation of electron dynamics