Yang Research Laboratory

The vision of our research is developing new nanomaterials with functionality gained from low dimensionality, structural and compositional complexity, and novel optical and electrical properties and for great societal impact. We adopt a “Design and Develop” strategy where we design the new nanostructures based on unique understanding gained through experiments and theories for the targeted application.

The research programs are currently focused on Nanomaterial based Neural Interfaces. Specially, we are developing nanomaterial-based photonics and electronics for neuromodulation and live cell sensing. Our research programs address scientific issues within these areas using combined ideas and techniques from physical, chemical, biological, and engineering sciences. Reflecting the interdisciplinary feature of her research, Dr. Yang holds a faculty position in Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Department of Chemistry.

Below is a short invited talk given by Dr. Yang at SPIE Photonics West 2022 on our advances in non-genetic photoacoustic neural stimulation.

We are actively recruiting talented students and postdocs that are motivated to work on Nanomaterial based Neural Interfaces. Here are a few example on-going projects we have openings in the lab. Contact Dr. Yang through email for details

  1. Implants and injetable nano/biomaterials for photoacoustic retina stimulation (Funded by NIH NEI/BRAIN)
  2. Non-invasive high precision brain stimulation through photoacoustic (Funded by FUS foundation)
  3. Wireless neural inhibition through microwave implants and understanding its mechanism (Funded by ARO Bioelectronics)

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