Yang Liu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Single Cell & Exosome Analysis

Dr. Liu’s research is centered around harnessing the capabilities of micro / nano-fluidic technologies to advance patient health outcomes. A pivotal aspect of his research program revolves around the development of microfluidic platforms with the purpose of revealing the intricate relationships between cellular phenotypes and molecular expressions at the single-cell level. This pursuit holds the potential to unveil novel insights into the fundamental mechanisms underlying cellular behavior and response.

Another significant focus within Dr. Liu’s laboratory is the integration of droplet microfluidics and protein electrophoresis techniques. This integration is geared towards the comprehensive analysis of proteoforms within individual exosomes. This intricate exploration offers the opportunity to unravel the complex landscape of protein variations and modifications, thereby contributing to a deeper understanding of disease pathways and potential therapeutic interventions.

Driven by a commitment to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, Dr. Liu’s research endeavors exemplify the cutting-edge applications of microfluidic technologies in unraveling the mysteries of cellular and molecular biology.

Education
  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Georgia, 2020
  • B.S., Chemistry, Purdue University, 2014
Professional Appointments
  • Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, College of Engineering, School of Chemical, Materials & Biomedical Engineering, 2023 – present
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California – Berkeley, College of Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, 2021 – 2023
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Georgia, College of Engineering, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2020 – 2021
Areas of Expertise
  • Microfluidics
  • Single cell / exosome analysis
  • Micro / nano technology
Publications
Patents
  • Devices and methods for separating circulating tumor cells from biological samples, US Patent US 11292000B2.
  • Devices and methods for separating circulating tumor cells from biological samples, US Patent US 11648559B2.
  • A vascular flow-based microfluidic platform, US Patent US 20220193676A1
  • Devices, kits, and methods for label-free inertial ferrohydrodynamic cell separation with high throughput and resolution, Under Review
  • Devices, kits, and methods for label-free separation and subtyping of rare cells, Under Review
  • Devices, kits, and methods for label-free focusing and/or separation of sub-micron particles, Under Review
  • Label-free inertial-ferrohydrodynamic cell separation devices / methods, Under Review
  • Droplet-electrophoresis devices and related methods, Under Review

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