Zhen Peng

330 North Orchard Street, Room 3235C-2
Madison WI 53715
Preferred pronouns: he/him/his
Joined WID: 2019

Theoretical research on the emergence of life-like systems from chemical reaction networks


Zhen Peng plays games simulating history/civilization during vacation time, just as he does theoretical/computational simulations on chemical reaction networks when he works.


  • PhD, Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology, Washington University in St. Louis
  • BS, Biological Sciences, Fudan University

Research Description

How life-like behaviors, such as growth and evolution, can spontaneously emerge from chemical reactions networks.