YANG Laboratory

Biophysics of Living Systems


Our Research Focus

We study dynamic, self-organizing behaviors of single cells and single molecules during early embryo development. By connecting the understanding at the molecule, cellular, and tissue levels, we pin down the physical mechanisms that give rise to collective spatio-temporal patterns that arise from complex interactive networks of cells and molecules through biochemical signals and mechanical forces.



Our Interdisciplinary Approaches


We integrate mathematical modeling, live fluorescence imaging, biochemical assays and microfluidics to study both cell-free extract system and live embryos.


Jan, 2014

Qiong will be giving an Applied Physics Seminar on Jan 15 at noon in 335 West Hall.

Jan, 2014

Our lab is officially launched. We're currently looking for talented graduate students and postdocs. Please stay tuned with us!

Jan, 2014

Qiong will be teaching Biophysics 608 in Winter.

Jan, 2014

Zhengda Li joins us as a PIBS and Bioinformatics rotation student. He will be working on multi-scale modeling and single-cell tracking of cell proliferation during zebrafish somitogenesis. Welcome, Zhengda!

Sep, 2013

Ye Guan joins us as a Chemistry graduate student. She will be working on single-molecule and microfluidic based imaging of early embryonic events in ex-vivo zebrafish embryos. Welcome, Ye!

June, 2013

Qiong accepts a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Biophysics and Physics at the University of Michigan. Our lab renovation project kicks off.

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