[Illinois] GEM4 2012: Molecular Engineering and FRET

By Yingxiao "Peter" Wang

Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

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Yingxiao "Peter" Wang

Associate Professor of Bioengineering, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Neuroscience, Beckman Institute, and Biophysics

Ph.D. 2002, UC San Diego

Live-cell Imaging and Bionanotechnology

Specific research interests include:

To develop genetically-encoded reporters based on fluorescent resonance energy transfer (FRET) to visualize and quantify signaling transduction in live cells with high tempo-spatial resolution;

To visualize multiple signaling events simultaneously in live cells with different fluorescence probes and elucidate the molecular hierarchy involved in cellular signaling transduction;

To integrating bio-nanotechnology, laser-tweezers, and live-cell imaging technologies to manipulate the micro-environment and visualize the regulatory signaling cascades in live cell motility and migration;

To detect early cancer development in biopsy samples with FRET-based reporters.

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