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Dr. Yan Wong is one of the team members in BBC America's science series "Bang Goes the Theory."

Dr. Yan Wong is an evolutionary biologist who studies the theoretical underpinnings of life. This gives him a wide-ranging expertise, covering the maths, the chemistry, the genetics, and the ecology of the natural world. Coupled with a strong interest in statistics, this broad background means he can appear (and usually is!) well-informed over a extensive set of scientific disciplines.

His DPhil involved modeling the evolutionary effects of self-recognition systems in plants, which was followed by a number of years at the Oxford Museum of Natural History, where he helped to research and write "The Ancestor's Tale," an expansive history of life with the renowned biologist, Richard Dawkins.

In 2009, following a lectureship in evolutionary biology and ecology at the University of Leeds, Yan was invited to join the presenting team of BBC1's primetime series "Bang Goes the Theory," demonstrating a wide and eclectic range of scientific ideas to members of the public. His current research interests include a nationwide experiment into the evolutionary aspects of human dance, statistical analysis of patterns in DNA packing, and the evolutionary biology of self-replicating patterns on computers.

As a television presenter, Yan enthuses about our scientific understanding of the world in diverse ways: ambushing unsuspecting passers-by with "street science," setting brainteasers for viewers, producing video guides to many hands-on science experiments, and answering questions posed by members of the public via his (allegedly) infallible "Ask Yan" feature. He delights in the challenges of live science demonstrations, having wrestled with live broadcast demonstrations, nationwide stage shows, and reconstruction of historical science experiments (such as Fizeau's measurement of the speed of light — with a blender).

His other television and radio credits include "Blue Peter," BBC's "Learning Zone" films including Bloodhound supersonic car, BBC Radio One's "Switch" special, BBC Radio 2's "The Jeremy Vine Show," "Loose Ends," "Material World," BBC Radio 4's "Today," and BBC Radio 4's "So You Want to Be a Scientist." He also has a regular slot answering questions on the popular Radio 4 series "More or Less."

As a speaker, Yan has presented and given talks for the National Physical Laboratory (2011), The Royal Statistical Society (2011), The Awards for O2, learn science films (2011), Cheltenham Science Festival (2011, 2012) and schools and community groups around the UK. He has also been an integral part of the "Bang Live!" science road shows (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).

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