YANG Laboratory

Biophysics of Living Systems

People | Current Members

Principal Investigator

  • Qiong Yang, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Biophysics

    Assistant Professor of Physics

    January 2014-

    E-MAIL: qiongy@umich.edu


  • Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Meng Sun E-MAIL, Biophysics, October 2017-

    Education: Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Zhejiang University

    About: Meng is from Qingdao, China. He received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. Meng is interested in developing microfluidic tools for biomedical applications with particular focus on embryo development and cell cycling in Prof. Yang’s Lab. When not in lab, Meng enjoys most relaxing and outdoor activities in sunny days.
  • Gembu Maryu E-MAIL, Biophysics, April 2019-

    Education: Ph.D. in Cell Biology at Kyoto University
    About: Gembu came from Japan. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in cell biology at Kyoto University, Japan. He acquired a live cell kinase activity imaging and an ontogenetic technique in his doctoral course. Now, he is interested in the principle of accuracy of mitotic phase entry. In the Yang Lab, he aims to address this mechanism with the cell-free system, live cell imaging, and mathematical modeling.

  • Graduate Students

  • Shiyuan Wang E-MAIL, Biophysics, September 2016-

    Education: BS in Physics, University of Science and Technology of China

  • Owen Puls E-MAIL, Physics, February 2017-

    MBSTP Fellowship

    Education: BS in Physics (Dinstinction) and Mathematics, St. Olaf College
    About: Growing up in a small in town in Wisconsin, I come to the University of Michigan via a small liberal arts college in Minnesota: St. Olaf. Now a Physics PhD student here, I currently study mitotic trigger waves in one and two dimensions from both computational and experimental methods. My research interests extend to numerous topics in complex systems, dominated by a principal focus on disorder and its effect on otherwise well understood physical phenomena.

  • Minjun Jin E-MAIL, Biophysics, September 2018-

    Education: BS in Chemistry, LSA Honors Program, University of Michigan

  • Usha Kadiyala E-MAIL, Biophysics, September 2018-

    Rackham Merit Fellowship

    Education: BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Michigan
    About: I come from a previous experience in the nano world. I extensively characterized organic and inorganic nanomaterials for antibacterial drug design and developed strong techniques in electron microscopy (SEM, TEM, AFM). Complex system fascinate me, and my current research interests are in cell fate decision making, biological information theory, and bioelectronic sensors. I study how clock oscillators couple in early Zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos and contribute to cell fate determination.

  • Derek Walker E-MAIL, Physics, September 2019-

    Education: BS in Physics, BS in Mathematics, Louisiana State University
    About: My name is Derek Walker, and I am a second-year PhD student in the physics department. I am from New Orleans, Louisiana, and I completed my undergraduate education at LSU pursuing dual degrees in mathematics and physics. My current interests involve understanding how zebrafish somitogenesis is regulated. More specifically, three areas of interest are the roles FGF and biomechanical factors play in regulating somitogenesis, as well as how the Notch and YAP signals are connected in somitogenesis. In my free time, I love to cook, play golf, and read One Piece and Dante's Comedia.

  • Chun-Yen Sung E-MAIL, Biophysics, July 2019-

    Education: BS in Power Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Institute of Nanoengineering and Microsystems, National Tsing Hua University (NTHU), Hsinchu, Taiwan
    About: I come from Taiwan and earned my master and bachelor degree from National Tsing Hua University. Inspired by observations of distinctive cellular responses through smallscale architectures in my previous experiences, I have always aimed to develop biomedical tools in my research career. My research interest includes cellular biomechanics, microfluidics, micro/nanofabrication, and biomolecular devices. I would like to use my mechanical engineering background to investigate the impact of mechanical forces on the segmentation clock in individual cells in zebrafish.

  • Jesse Cisneros Solis E-MAIL, Biophysics, July 2019-

    Rackham Merit Fellowship

    Education: BS in Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz
    About: Hello, My name is Jesse. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. I received my bachelors in physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am part of the 2018-2019 PREP cohort and have joined Dr. Yang's lab to learn more about the interdisciplinary field of biophysics. After the PREP, I will be applying to PhD Physics or Biophysics programs. On my free time, I enjoy hiking and cooking.


  • Undergraduate Students

  • Daniel Khain August 2018-

    Education: LSA Honors Program in Physics, University of Michigan
    About: Hello! My name is Daniel Khain, and I am a freshman in the LSA Honors program. I plan on studying math, computer science, and physics. In my free time, I enjoy playing classical guitar and ping-pong.

  • Kathryn Suarez October 2019-

    Education: UROP 2019, College of Engineering in Biomedical, University of Michigan
    About: Hi, my name is Katie Suarez and I am a freshman in the college of engineering. I am planning on majoring in biomedical engineering, minoring in computer science, and I am in the UROP program. I have lived in Ann Arbor my whole life, so I know where all the good restaurants are! In my free time I like hanging out with friends, snowboarding, tutoring, and playing volleyball.

  • Shuangzhe Lin October 2019-

    Education: Biochemistry major in LSA Chemistry, University of Michigan
    About: I have wide interests in science, liberal arts, and the world in general. I like chemistry and I like how it probes into the “invisible” world of molecules and atoms. I’m also curious about how chemistry works in forming the biological sphere and organisms like us, so I ended up studying biochemistry for my undergrad career. I see science as an art, and I practice a lot of arts in my spare time. I’m in an a cappella group and have taken photography classes as well.