Zhao, Yi


Yi Zhao is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Ohio State University. He received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University, China, and Ph.D. in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University. His training is in Micro-ELectro-Mechanical-Systems (MEMS) and instrumentation. His current research is focused on developing innovative sensing approaches and devices to quantify the electromechanical interactions between biological and engineering entities, and addressing related design, material, mechanics, and manufacturing challenges at micro/nano scales. He is also interested in developing bioinspired devices to advance the capabilities of engineering systems.


Zhao Group (Laboratory for Biomedical Microsystems) has been working to address a variety of scientific and engineering challenges at the interface of engineering, applied physics, biology, and medicine. The laboratory has expertise in device design, manufacturing, micro/nanotechnologies, mechanics, mechatronics, microfluidics, and optics. Representative research topics are listed below:

Electromechanical Transducers for Biological Systems
We have designed and developed microengineered devices to probe the electromechanical signals of biological systems at different levels under various controlled conditions for the understanding of the role of physical signals in various physiological/pathological processes.

Adaptive Optofluidics
We have developed bioinspired liquid-based optical devices to advance the capabilities of imaging and light-manipulating systems for biomedical and industrial applications.

Smart Drug Releasing
We have been developing intelligent and sustainable drug carriers at the micro/nanoscales for on-demand release and delivery.