About Us

Our group's resarch interests lie at the nexus of micro/nanoengineering, biophysics, biology, and biotechnology.  Specifically, we focus on developing integrated, technology and biology based translational approaches to address critical challenges in human immune and neurological diseases.  We integrate micro/nanoengineering tools and systems biology methods with new discoveries of mechanobiology, epigenetics, and classic signaling networks to provide transformative diagnostic and therapeutic solutions targeting immune and neurological diseases.  We are also interested in developing novel synthetic biomimetic tools and platforms for understanding human development and cancer biology. (for details, please read our Research; also see Mechanical Engineering Annual Reports highlighting our research, Y2010-2011 Report, Y2012-2013 Report, Y2014-2015 Report)

Group Members

Meet the lab: (first row, from left to right): Yi Zheng, Zida Li, Sajedeh Esfahani; (second row, from left to right) Zimo Yang, Yue Shao, Zeta Yu; (third row, from left to right) Xufeng Xue, Jianping Fu; (fourth row, from left to right) Chun-Yen Sung, Shinuo Weng, and Jianming Sang. ( (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.

Video recorded for our MCubed sponsored project, "Microfluidic systems immunology for transformative diagnostics for infants". Collaborative interdisciplinary team science to address complex clinical challenges. Our collaborators: Katsuo Kurabayashi, Timothy T. Cornell, and Thomas P. Shanley. (for details, please read our Research)


10/04/2016: Li receives Baxter Young Investigator Award.

09/25/2016: Fu's research featured as cover story of two Small issues.

08/19/2016: Congratulations to Zida! He was selected to receive the Baxter Young Investigator Award (Tier 1). (see Student Awards)

06/13/2016: Congratulations to Zeta! His manuscript on developing the vacuum-pressure accelerated movement (V-PAM) technology for accelerating biofluid filling in complex microfluidic networks is accepted by Small. (see Publications)

05/30/2016: Congratulations to Shinuo and Yue! Their manuscript on single-cell mechanical homeostasis is just published by Nature Materials. (see Publications)

05/23/2016: IBBL alumnus Prof. Weiqiang Chen has won the American Heart Association Scientist Development Award!

05/17/2016: Fu's research featured as cover story of two journals.

05/04/2016: Congratulations to Zida! His manuscript on developing a miniaturized device for precise measurements of dynamic blood clot retraction forces is accepted by Small. (see Publications)

03/02/2016: Congratulations to Yue! He was selected to receive the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship. (see Student Awards)

02/29/2016: Congratulations to Yubing! His PhD thesis dissertation has been chosen for Honorable Mention for the Rackham Graduate School’s 2015 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Awards. (see Student Awards)

02/27/2016: Congratulations to Shinuo! She was selected for the 2016 Ivor K. McIvor Award. (see Student Awards)

01/29/2016: Congratulations to Raymond and other co-authors! His manuscript on developing a microfluidic elasticity microcytometer for multiparametric biomechanical and biochemical phenotypic profiling of live single cancer cells is accepted by Small. (see Publications)

01/26/2016: Congratulations to Yi! His manuscript on a microengineered 3D biomimetic model to study leukemic cell induced bone marrow angiogenesis is accepted by Advanced Healthcare Materials. (see Publications)

11/05/2015: 2014-2015 Mechanical Engineering Annual Report released. Our microfluidic systems immunology research is highlighted! (see Y2014-2015 Report)

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Recent Publications

Nanoroughened adhesion-based capture of circulating tumor cells with heterogeneous molecular expression and metastatic characteristics
Weiqiang Chen, et al.
BMC Cancer
, vol. 16, 614, 2016. [PDF

A miniaturized hemoretractometer for blood clot retraction testing
Zida Li, Xiang Li, Brendan McCracken, Yue Shao, Kevin Ward, and Jianping Fu
Small, vol. 12, pp. 3926-3934, 2016. [PDF | Supplemental Materials]

Mechanosensitive subcellular rheostasis drives emergent single-cell mechanical homeostasis
Shinuo Weng, Yue Shao, Weiqiang Chen, and Jianping Fu
Nature Materials, vol. 15, pp. 961-967, 2016. [PDF | Supplemental Materials]

Multiparametric biomechanical and biochemical phenotypic profiling of single cancer cells using elasticity microcytometer
Shuhuan Hu, Guangyu Liu, Weiqiang Chen, Xiang Li, Wei Lu, Raymond H. W. Lam, and Jianping Fu
Small, vol. 12, pp. 2300-2311, 2016. [PDF | Supplemental Materials]

Angiogenesis in liquid tumors: An in-vitro assay for leukemic cell induced bone marrow angiogenesis
Yi Zheng, Yubing Sun, Xinwei Yu, Yue Shao, Ping Zhang, Guohao Dai, and Jianping Fu
Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 5, pp. 1014-1024, 2016. [PDF | Supplemental Materials]

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