Nano Sensors Group | Illinois

People

Yafang Tan Yafang

tan50@illinois.edu

Research Interests

My research interest is in the field of applied optics and biomedical research/engineering.

Education

  • Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Research Experiences

Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Micro and Nano Technology Laboratory (MNTL)
Graduate Research Assistant                                                                                
Advisor: Prof. Brian T. Cunningham (IEEE Fellow, Director of MNTL)

  • Led a 5-person team in developing a microfluidic system that automates and accelerates medical tests.
  • Developed an ELISA assay for allergy test and successfully demonstrated sub-picomolar detection levels of protein microarrays with relevance to clinical applications.
  • Invented a low-cost and high-sensitivity optical biosensor for detecting miRNA, using a nanostructured surface integrated with a sub-micron fluid channel.
  • Designed, fabricated, and characterized silicon-based, 1-D surface photonic crystal devices and demonstrated more than 8000X fluorescence signal enhancements.
  • Designed, fabricated and characterized large-area and high-sensitivity laser-based biosensors in microplate format.
  • Reduced the noise of the laser-based biosensors and improved the detection sensitivity.
  • Investigated several polymer-based nanofabrication methods, including horizontal dipping and nano-replica molding.

Awards and Honors

  • Selected as one of the 40 top EECS graduate and postdoctoral women for ''2013 Rising Stars in EECS'' workshop (MIT, 2013)
  • Yee's Memorial Fellowship (UIUC, Urbana, IL, 2013)
  • Excellence studying scholarship (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, 2004-2005, 2006-2007)
  • Second Prize in 22nd Chinese College Physics Contest (China, 2005)
  • First Prize in China Mathematics Olympiad (China, 2003)

Publications

  1. H. Yu, Y. Tan, B.T.Cunningham, ‘‘Smartphone Biosensor for miRNA detection’’, in preparation.
  2. (invited paper) Y. Tan, E. Sutanto, A. Alleyne and B.T. Cunningham, ‘‘Photonic Crystal Enhancement of a Homogeneous Fluorescent Assay using Submicron Fluid Channels Fabricated by E-jet Patterning," Journal of Biophotonics, accepted (2013).
  3. E. Sutanto, Y. Tan, S. Onses, A. Alleyne and B.T. Cunningham, ‘‘Electrohydro-dynamic jet printing of micro-optical devices," Manufacturing Letters, Vol 2, No.1, 4-7 (2014).
  4. S. George, V. Chaudhery, M. Lu, M. Takagi, N. Amro, A. Pokhriyal, Y. Tan, P. Ferreirac and B.T. Cunningham, ‘‘Sensitive detection of protein and miRNA cancer biomarkers using silicon-based photonic crystals and a resonance coupling laser scanning platform," Lab Chip, Vol 20, No. 13, 4053-4064 (2013).
  5. Y. Tan, A. Chou, M. Lu and B.T. Cunningham, ‘‘Noise reduction of plastic-based distributed feedback laser biosensors," IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol 13, No. 5, 1972-1978 (2013).
  6. Y. Tan, A. Chou, C. Ge, M. Lu, W. Goldshlag, J. Huang, A. Pokhriyal, S. George, and B.T. Cunningham, ‘‘Plastic-based distributed feedback laser biosensors in microplate format," IEEE Sensors Journal, Vol 12, No. 5, 1174-1180(2012).
  7. C. Ge, M. Lu, Y. Tan, and B.T. Cunningham, ‘‘Enhancement of pump efficiency of a visible wavelength organic distributed feedback laser by resonant optical pumping," Optics Express 19, 5086-5092 (2011)
  8. C. Ge, M. Lu, X. Jian, Y. Tan, and B.T. Cunningham, ‘‘Large-area organic distributed feedback laser fabricated by nanoreplica molding and horizontal dipping," Optics Express 18, 12980-12991 (2010).

Conference Proceedings

  1. (talk) Y. Tan, E. Sutanto, A. Alleyne and B.T. Cunningham, ‘‘Photonic Crystal Enhancement of a Homogeneous Fluorescent Assay using Submicron Fluid Channels Fabricated by E-jet Patterning," Photonics West, Feb. 1-6, 2014, San Francisco, CA, USA
  2. (poster) S.I. Jones, Y. Tan, M. Shamimuzzaman, S. George, B. T. Cunningham, L. O. Vodkin, ‘‘Detection of plant transcription factors using sensitive silicon photonic crystal protein arrays". Plant and Animal Genome XXII, Jan. 11-15, 2014, San Diego, CA, USA.
  3. (poster) Y. Tan, E. Sutanto, A. Alleyne and B.T. Cunningham, ‘‘Photonic Crystal Enhancement of a Homogeneous Fluorescent Assay using Submicron Fluid Channels Fabricated by E-jet Patterning," 2013 Rising Stars in EECS: An Academic Career Workshop for Women, Nov. 4-5, 2013, MIT, Boston, MA, USA.
  4. (Invited talk) Y. Tan and B. T. Cunningham, ‘‘Sensitive detection of protein and miRNA cancer biomarkers using silicon-based photonic crystals," Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) 11th Annual Nanotechnology Workshop, May 2-3, 2013, Urbana, IL, USA.
  5. (Talk) Y. Tan, A. Chu, M. Lu, and B. T. Cunningham, ‘‘Noise reduction of DFB laser biosensors," IEEE Photonics Conference, Sep. 21-25, 2012, San Francisco, CA, USA.
  6. (Talk) Y. Tan, C. Ge, A. Chu, M. Lu, and B. T. Cunningham, ‘‘Plastic-Based Distributed Feedback Laser Biosensors in Microplate Format," IEEE Photonics Conference, Oct. 9-13, 2011, Arlington, VA, USA.
  7. (Poster) Y. Tan et al., ‘‘Plastic Distributed Feedback Laser Biosensors," BioE@Illinois Day, March 2011, Urbana, IL, USA