Ruiguo Yang





Dr. Ruiguo Yang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and an affiliate faculty with the Institute for Quantitative Health Sciences and Engineering at Michigan State University. Prior to joining Michigan State, he was with the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2016 to 2024, first as an Assistant Professor and then as Robert F. and Myrna L. Krohn Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering. Prior to Nebraska, he was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. He received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, China, in 2004 and 2007, respectively, and Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University in 2014. Dr. Yang’s research interests are in BioMEMS, single cell manipulation, cell mechanics and mechanotransduction. He is the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2022 and the NIH Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award in 2023.

The yang Lab

The Yang lab aims to bring together scientists and engineers to understand the mechanics of epithelial cell-cell junctions. The central theme of our research is to reveal the biophysical and biochemical responses of cell adhesions in tensioned microenvironments that govern physiological and pathological processes. We strive to extend the reach of biophysical interrogations through the development of new technologies. We hope to translate biophysical understandings into clinical advancements. Our lab promotes the academic convergence of engineering, physical sciences, and biological sciences, creating a multidisciplinary education and learning environment for students and researchers.


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