YANG Laboratory

Biophysics of Living Systems


Our Research Focus

We study biological oscillations and self-organization processes in early embryo development. The local interactions in the form of mechanical and biochemical signals allow individual molecules and cells to generate collective spatio-temporal patterns. To pin down the physical mechanisms behind these processes, we make use of both the cell-free extracts system and live embryos which help us connect the understandings across the molecule, cellular, and tissue levels.


Our Interdisciplinary Approaches


We integrate mathematical modeling, real-time fluorescence microscopy, biochemical assays and microfluidics to study the dynamic processes in both cell-free extract systems and live embryos.


Our Funding Resources


These funding resources have supported the past and current research in the Yang Lab. We are grateful to all the funding agencies for their support!


News Highlight

September 2017

Qiong received a Sloan fellowship.

May 2017

Ye and Zhenga will attend the Cells as Dynamical Systems Workshop in San Francisco CA.

April 2017

Owen Puls joins us as a Physics graduate student. Shiyuan Wang joins us as a Biophysics graduate student. Welcome, Owen and Shiyuan!

April 2017

The Yang Lab (Nigel, Owen, Shiyuan, and Qiong) presented at the 5th Midwest Quantitative Biology Symposium in Notre Dame IN.

August 2016

Qiong received an NIH MIRA Award.

July 2016

The Yang Lab (Ye, Zhengda, and Qiong) presented at the 10th Annual q-bio Conference in Nashville TN.

December 2015

Qiong received an NSF CAREER Award.

August 2014

The Yang Lab (Zhengda, Joshua, and Qiong) presented at the 3rd Midwest Single Molecule Workshop 2014 in Urbana IL. Qiong gave a talk and Zhengda presented a poster. Congratulations to Zhengda for winning a poster award!

January 2014

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

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Join us!

We are actively recruiting:

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Lab fun

Our lab pet 'Larry':

This color-changing wire sculpture zebrafish was designed and made by Nigel Michki with the help of Suzie Kim and Shiyuan Wang.

The Yang Lab songs:
"Jingle Bell" | "Cool Kids"| Download lyrics

The lyrics of the two songs were written by our undergraduate student Mark Antosz in December 2016 to celebrate our Christmas party. It was later recorded by Mark and his friends.

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