Our group's interests lie at the nexus of micro/nanoengineering, biophysics, biology, and biotechnology. Currently, we focus on developing integrated systems for high throughput quantitative micro/nanoscale analysis of molecular and cellular functions. Specifically, we are developing integrated techniques to investigate biological entities (from nanoscale biomolecules to micron-sized mammalian cells) confined in micro/nanofluidic environments. We study molecular and cellular interactions with these micro/nanofluidic structures and explore the opportunity of using these micro/nanofluidic devices for ultra-sensitive biosensing and detection as well as for efficient biosample preparation. We are also interested in developing synthetic micro/nanoscale cellular microenvironment to direct cellular behaviors, and further employing them to identify the extrinsic physical factors and their downstream signaling pathways that regulate cell functions. (for details, please read our Research
Meet the lab (from left to right):
Jianping Fu, Zeta Yu, Weiqiang Chen, Xiang Li, Feng Zhang, Takahiro Nakashima, Shinuo Weng, Yue Shao, Yubing Sun, and Raymond Lam (see Members)
Supported by the SURE program, mechanical engineering undergraduate student Huijiao Guan is working in Dr. Fu's lab on an integrated microfluidic system for functional phenotyping of patient immune cells.
11/16/2013: Congratulations to Weiqiang! He has just won the UM CoE Richard F. & Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Research.
10/18/2013: Congratulations to Xiang for passing the Ph.D. qualify exam!
10/14/2013: Congratulations to Yue on his review paper accepted in Advanced Materials! (see Publications)
08/05/2013: Congratulations to Weiqiang! He has been just awarded the Baxter Young Investigator Award as well as the UM Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant!
07/10/2013: Congratulations to Weiqiang! He has been just awarded the American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship!
06/28/2013: Congratulations to Yubing on our collaborative paper published in Scientific Reports with Dr. Cheri Deng's lab! (see Publications)
05/21/2013: Congratulations to Weiqiang, for winning the Best Student Seminar Speaker Award for the MBSTP Seminar Series!
03/20/2013: Fu's research featured as front cover story of three journals. (see UM ME News)
02/08/2013: Congratulations to Weiqiang! He has just won the UM CoE Richard F. & Eleanor A. Towner Prize for Distinguished Academic Achievement.
02/06/2013: Congratulations to Weiqiang and Yue for their great achievements in the ASME 2013 2nd Global Congress on NanoEngineering for Medicine and Biology (NEMB2013)! They have won the Outstanding Poster Award (Weiqiang) and the Outstanding Student Podium Talk Award (Yue) from the conference.
Integrating micro/nanoengineered functional biomaterials for cell mechanics and mechanobiology: A materials perspective
Yue Shao, and Jianping Fu
Advanced Materials, in press, 2013. (DOI: 10.1002/adma.201304431)
Acoustic tweezing cytometry for live-cell subcellular control of intracellular cytoskeleton contractility
Zhenzhen Fan, Yubing Sun, Di Chen, Donald Tay, Weiqiang Chen, Cheri X. Deng, and Jianping Fu
Scientific Reports, vol. 3, 2176, 2013. [PDF]
Mechanobiology: A new frontier for human pluripotent stem cells
Yubing Sun and Jianping Fu
Integrative Biology, vol. 5, pp. 450-457, 2013. [PDF]
Surface-micromachined microfiltration membranes for efficient isolation and functional immunophenotyping of subpopulations of immune cells
Weiqiang Chen, et al.
Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 2, pp. 965-975, 2013. [PDF]
Nanoroughened surfaces for efficient capture of circulating tumor cells without using capture antibodies
Weiqiang Chen, et al.
ACS Nano, vol. 7, pp. 566-575, 2013. [PDF]