Principal Investigator

Prof. Yang Zhao

Yang Zhao is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Yang received her Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at the University of Texas, Austin working with Professor Andrea Alu. Following her Ph.D. studies, she worked with Professor Jennifer Dionne as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, Department of Materials Science. Yang’s research focuses on bionanophotonics: inspired by nature, her team develops biomimetic metamaterials and devices to manipulate electromagnetic and acoustic waves; her team are also passionate about using light and sound to image, sense, and manipulate molecules and molecular interactions.

Current Group Members

Henry (Hanwei) Wang

Henry received his bachelor’s degree in physics at Tsinghua University. He is now pursuing his Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is interested in applying nanophotonics to biomedical imaging. Outside lab, Henry is an avid world traveler.

Kevin Huang

Kevin is a Ph.D. student in electrical and computer engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his bachelor's degree in Physics from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2018, majoring in atomic, molecular, and optical physics.

Shensheng Zhao

Shensheng is a Ph.D. student in the ECE Department at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Science and Technology of China. Outside lab, Shensheng enjoys swimming and playing table tennis.

Matthew Ian Wildenradt

Matthew is a junior in computer engineering. His research interests center around the intersection of hardware and artificial intelligence, specifically imaging hardware acceleration. Matt has been a Dean's List honoree since his freshman year.

Michal Strzebonski

Michal is a senior in materials science and engineering. His interests include polymers, electronic, and optical nanomaterials, especially with applications in medicine. He has been working on an imaging nanoagent project in collaboration with Dr. Yun-Sheng Chen's Group.

Didun Oladeji

Didun is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering with a proposed minor in Materials Science and Engineering. Her research interests include nanotechnology, biophotonics, as well as energy and sustainability. On campus, she is majorly involved in the Women in Mechanical Science and Engineering Organization. 

Luren Wang

Luren is a junior with major in mechanical engineering, and minors in computer science and electrical engineering. His current research focuses on optical forces. Luren has been a Dean's list honoree since freshman, and got design awards in several ME courses. Currently Luren is also a member of Robomaster in UIUC, and is responsible for the general mechanical design. In his daily life, Luren loves badminton and archery.

Joshua Yu

Joshua is a junior studying Electrical Engineering. He is interested in RF, Microwave, and Optical engineering projects. In his spare time, Joshua enjoys playing hockey and spending time outdoors.

Melanie Martinovic

Melanie is a sophomore studying psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience, with a proposed minor in bioengineering. Her research interests include subjects such as the integration of biotechnology for medical purposes, neurophotonics, and neuroaugmentation. In everyday life, Melanie enjoys painting and playing tennis. 

Ruike Yan

Ruike is a junior in the electrical engineering department at ZJU-UIUC. He is interested in the combination of bioelectronics and is passionate about applications that improve human healthcare.

Ziyu Xiao

Ziyu is a junior in electrical engineering at ZJU-UIUC. His research interest lies in image processing, machine learning, and biosensor designs. In his spare time, Ziyu enjoys playing soccer.




Undergraduate Students

Arkajit Dutta

Rohan Haresh Harpalani

Sean Yao (now in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate School)

Kevin Tung (now in Columbia University, Graduate School)

Yifu Guo (now in University of Michigan, Graduate School)

Jonathan Hartanto (now in Stanford University, Graduate School)

Christine Wu (now in University of Washington, Seatle, Graduate School)

Jason Pan

Thomas Kmeciak (now in Sandia National Lab)