Photoacoustic Research Group at UIUC 2021

Principal Investigator

Yun-Sheng Chen, PhD

Yun-Sheng Chen is a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is affiliated with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, Beckman Institute, and the Department of Bioengineering. Yun-Sheng received his master’s degrees in materials science and engineering from National Sun-Yat Sen University (Taiwan) and Optics from CREOL at the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, working with Prof. Stanislav Emelianov. Following his Ph.D., Yun-Sheng finished his postdoctoral training in the molecular imaging program at Stanford University, Department of Radiology, working with Prof. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir. His research develops new translatable imaging and diagnostic techniques using the photoacoustic effect. 

Current Members

Kevin Huang

Kevin is a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2018, majoring in atomic, molecular, and optical physics. He was a Presidential Awardee (Taiwan), vice director of Student Association, and captain of tennis team of the Department of Physics in NTU.

Shensheng Zhao

Shensheng is a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC). He was the Guomoruo Scholarship honoree at USTC. Outside lab, Shensheng enjoys swimming and playing table tennis.

Mark (Bing-Ze) Lin

Bing-Ze is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from National Yang Ming University (Now National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, NYCU) in Taiwan, majoring in Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Sciences. Bing-Ze is the recipient of the prestigious scholarship for overseas studies from Taiwan Ministry of Education in 2021. He is interested in photoacoustic cancer imaging. 

YiRang Shin

YiRang is a graduate student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST) in South Korea, majoring in Information and Communication Engineering. From 2019 to 2021, she was a researcher at Yonsei University College of Medicine, Severance Hospital in South Korea. She is interested in exploring AI and Robotics technologies for improving healthcare.

Henry (Hanwei) Wang (Co-supervised with Professor Yang Zhao)

Henry is a graduate student in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics at Tsinghua University. He is interested in applying nanophotonics to biomedical imaging. 

Andy Liu (Co-supervised with Professor Yang Zhao)

Andy is a PhD student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He received his bachelor’s degree from National Taiwan University (NTU) in 2019, majoring in both Computer Science and Information Engineering and Life Science. He is an Oracle certified professional Java SE 6 programmer and LabVIEW associate developer.

Ritin Joseph

Ritin is an undergraduate student in materials science and engineering. He is interested in biomaterials, electronic materials, and nanotechnology. He is also involved with Student Space Systems, Illini Solar Car, and Material Advantage. Although he grew up in Arkansas, he lived in Tokyo for three years where he first became interested in materials science during a summer research internship

Mandy Liu

Mandy is an undergraduate student in electrical and computer engineering. She is interested in biophotonics and biomedical imaging. 

Thomas Kmieciak (Co-supervised with Professor Yang Zhao) 

Thomas is a sophomore with a major in engineering physics, and minors in electrical engineering and mathematics. His broad research interest includes optical tweezers, optical force microscopy, and unraveling fundamental physics of localized force interaction with cells. He is an active member in the Society of Physics Students at UIUC and a Dean’s List honoree. 

 

 

Kewei Song

Kewei is a freshman with a major in electrical and computer engineering with a minor in computer science. He is now involved in a project simulating the financial market based on Python and Rust at UIUC, and participated in a project focusing on machine learning based on SQL at Zhejiang University. He is a Dean’s list honoree and taking computer science honor lab.

Ji Shi

Ji is an undergraduate student in electrical and computer engineering with a minor in computer science. He was the AP Scholar with Distinction in 2019, Science Bronze Medalist in Super Quiz Gold Medalist, and Bronze Award of Rising Star Chemistry Challenge in Royal Society of Chemistry (UK).

Christine Wu (Co-supervised with Professor Yang Zhao)

Christine is a junior in computer engineering. Her research interest span nano-optics and manipulation of waves to image and sense molecules. She was a volunteer to the Guatemala Engineering Service Trip (Antigua, Guatemala) in 2017, where she participated in engineering and constructing housing for a local family, and contributed in setting up the water system and electricity of the house. Christine is a recipient of the prestigious John Deere Foundation WECE Scholarship.

 

Ayush Vikram

 

Ayush is an undergraduate computer engineering student with a minor in informatics. He is interested in data science, software and hardware engineering, and biomedicine. He has interned with Varian Medical Systems, a radiation oncology treatments and software maker, is a James Scholar, as well as a Dean’s List Honoree. 

Kashyap Ramachandrula

 

Kashyap is an undergraduate student majoring in computer engineering. He is interested in the areas of artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, and medical imaging. He hopes to pursue a career in these engineering fields as he continues to develop as an ECE major.