Ethnically Chinese, raised in Southern California.

My name is pronounced (chEHng lee); Cheng is my first name and Ly (李) is my last name.

Work Experience

08/2013 – Present      Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Statistical Sciences

                                    and Operations Research.

10/2011 – 06/2013     Quantitative Modeler at The PNC Financial Services Group.

08/2010 – 10/2011     Postdoctoral Fellow with Brent Doiron at The University of Pittsburgh.

08/2007 – 07/2010     NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (MSPRF), with Bard

                                   Ermentrout at The University of Pittsburgh.


     •  Ph.D. in Mathematics, Courant Institute (NYU), May 2007. Advisor: Daniel Tranchina.

     •  M.S. in Mathematics, Courant Institute (NYU), September 2004.

     •  B.S. in Applied Mathematics, UCLA, June 2002.

Honors and Awards

     •  Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians, 2015-2020.

     •  NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, 2007-2010.

     •  NDSEG (DoD) Fellowship, Courant Institute, 2003-2006.

     •  MacCracken Fellowship, Courant Institute, 2002-2007.

     •  NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) Honorable Mention, 2003.

     •  Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society, Eta of California, 2002.

     •   Summa Cum Laude, Highest Departmental Honors, College Honors, UCLA, 2002.

     •  Harbison Scholarship (full), UCLA, 1998-2002.

Memberships: SIAM (Lifetime), Society for Neuroscience, Virginia Academy of Sciences (Lifetime)


     •  Started VCU's SIAM Student Chapter and am currently the faculty advisor (SIAM at VCU).

     •  Referee for: PLoS Computational Biology, Journal of Neurophysiology, SIAM Journal on Applied Dynamical Systems, Journal of Computational Neuroscience, Neural Computation, Journal of Mathematical Biology, PLoS ONE, Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering.

     •  Referee for submissions to the International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience (ICMNS) in 2017.

     •  Referee for poster submissions to COSYNE in 2014, 2015, 2017.

     •  Referee for presentations at the 2014 Virginia Junior Academy of Sciences meeting.

     •  Organizer for mini-symposium on “Stochastic Cellular Dynamics” at the SIAM Life Sciences meeting

        (August 2010).

     •  TA for summer school on “Mathematics for Biological Networks” at the University of Victoria

        (Summer 2010).