Tang received his bachelor's degree in physics at the University of
Science and Technology of China. He then went on to conduct his PhD
study in the United States and received his PhD degree at the Carnegie
Mellon University in 1987. Professor Tang's research career had taken
him to various distinguished labs in both Europe and the United States.
He became a professor in the Department of Physics at Hong Kong Baptist
University in late 1990s. He is also the director of the Center for
Quantitative Systems Biology.