Dr. Yao Wu

Ph.D. - Chemistry - University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Ph.D. - Chemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2017


Yao reveived her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under the supervision of Prof. Rebecca. Y. Lai. During her PhD study, she foucsed the research on the development of novel-type biosensors to address biologically and environmentally important issues. In the course of her stay at Nebraska, she has accomplished three major milestones, including new biosensors for diagnostic research; nanoscience matching bioanalysis; metal-ion sensors for environmental monitoring. 


Recently Yao joined Prof. Ryan J. White’s group at University of Cincinnati as a Postdoc fellow. Currently, she is working on developing and incorporating electrochemical aptamer-based sensors for online measurement of insulin to tackle limitations from offline enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs). She is also interested in working on advanced biosensors equipped with photoresponsive nanoscale materials, since specifically engineered nanoscale components could endow the photoresponsive biosensors with desired characteristics such as ultrahigh sensitivity, exquisite selectivity, excellent specificity, real-time analysis and low cost. 

Dr. Xiaowei Zhang

Ph. D. - Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Chemistry, the University of Texas at Austin (2017-2018).



Xiaowei obtained his Ph.D. in China at the State Key Lab of Electroanalytical Chemistry under supervision of Prof. Erkang Wang. His research focused on the microfluidic chip. During the PhD phase, his research work was mainly centered on the design of microfluidic bipolar electrochemistry system with high current efficiency, the preparation of functional materials with ultrahigh/ultralow mechanical stability, and the construction of portable sensing platform. Later, he moved to the US and studied a different research area: fundamental electrochemistry under the guidance of Prof. Allen J. Bard. He was leaning the oxalate oxidation in alkaline solution in the scanning electrochemical microscopy. Now, in the Prof. White’s group, he is focusing on the preparation of n-poles (bipolar) electrodes for sensing or other applications and electrochemical aptamer-based sensors for body fluid (like sweat or urine) sensors.

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