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Affiliated Department or Office
PhD Mechanical Engineering University of Maryland, College Park 2011
MS University of Science and Technology of China 2005
BS University of Science and Technology of China 2002

The overarching theme of my research is light-matter interactions and their applications in microscale and nanoscale. Particularly, my research interests include optical trapping, optofluidics, nanophotonics, cavity optomechanics, and fiber optic sensing systems, with an emphasis on optical actuation, damping, and sensing of mechanics in micro-/nano-scale structures and biological specimens. The potential applications of my research include on-chip disease diagnosis, in vivo disease treatments, motion detection in consumer electronics, health monitoring, and biomechanics. My research has been published in journals including Nature Nanotechnology, Physical Review Letters, Optics Letters, and Optics Express.

Teaching is an enjoyable process for me because it allows me to pass my knowledge on to students as well as to share with them my attitude towards learning. I am satisfied to be able to help students with their personal development. In the meantime, teaching is also a self-development process for me through the interactions with my students.

Professional Highlights & Honors
Future Faculty Program Fellowship - 2007,

Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship - 2009,

NIST-ARRA Fellow - 2011,
National Institute of Standards and Technology’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Mass-Ventures Acorn Innovation Grant - 2021,


Worcester Business Journal
WPI, UMass Lowell team to support $111K in research

The Worcester Business Journal reported on WPI and the University of Massachusetts Lowell partnering to award more than $111,000 in seed funding to six different teams, focusing on work ranging from human-robot collaboration to cancer detection and rehabilitation for stroke patients.

Worcester Business Journal
WPI team developing bacteria biosensor

This article was featured in the Worcester Business Journal. The research by Hong Susan Zhou, associate professor of chemical engineering, has led to a biosensor that could be used to quickly detect C. diff bacteria. Zhou is principal investigator for the biosensor research program, and Yuxiang (Shawn) Liu, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is co-PI.


Other Inventor(s):
Yundong Ren, Subhrodeep Ray