Yi Zhang

Assistant Professor

Department of Biomedical Engineering


  • Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology (2016)
  • B.E., Dalian University of Technology (2011)

Research Summary

  • Soft Materials
  • Bioelectronics and biosensors
  • Colloids and interfacial science

Honors and Awards

  • BMES Career Development Award, Biomedical Engineering Society (2019)
  • Waldemar T. Ziegler Award for Best Research Paper (2015)


Y. Han, Y. Zhang, H. Kim, W. Ren, M. V. Centeno, A. L. Guedea1, V. S. Grayson, Y. Wu, P. Gutruf, D. J. Surmeier, C. Gao, M. Martina, A. V. Apkarian, J. A Rogers, J. Radulovic, “Valenced context memories drive behavior by engaging glutamatergic VTA→DH projections” Nature Communications 2020, 11 (1), 1-14.

Y. Zhang†, D. C. Castro†, Y. Han, Y. Wu, H. Guo, Y. Xue, X. Wang, Y. Xie, Z. Weng, D. Ostojich, R. Sun, B. Wang, Z. Xie, J. P. Leshock, D. Peng, S. Qu, C. J. Su, W. Shen, T. Hang, A. Banks, Y. Huang, J. Radulovic, P. Gutruf, M. R. Bruchas, J. A. Rogers, “Battery-free, lightweight, injectable microsystem for in vivo wireless pharmacology and optogenetics”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 2019 116 (43) 21427-21437.
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Y. Zhang†, A. D. Mickle†, P. Gutruf†, L. A. McIlvried†, H. Guo, Y. Wu, J. P. Golden, Y. Xue, J. G. Grajales-Reyes, X. Wang, S. Krishnan, Y. Xie, D. Peng, C. Su, F. Zhang, J. T. Reeder, S. K. Vogt, Y. Huang, J. A. Rogers, R. W. Gereau IV, “Battery-free, fully implantable optofluidic cuff system for wireless optogenetic and pharmacological neuromodulation of peripheral nerves,” Science Advances, 2019, 5, eaaw5296.

Y. Zhang†, H. Guo†, S. B. Kim†, Y. Wu, D. Ostojich, S. H. Park, X. Wang, R. Li, A. Bandodkar, Y. Sekine, Z. Weng, J. Choi, S. Xu, S. Quaggin, R. Ghaffari and J. A. Rogers “Passive sweat collection and colorimetric analysis of biomarkers relevant to kidney disorders using a soft microfluidic system”, Lab on a Chip, 2019, 19, 1545-1555.

S. H. Park, Y. Zhang, J. A. Rogers, L. Gallon. “Recent advances of biosensors for hypertension and nephrology” Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension, 2019, 28 (4), 390-396.

Y. Liu†, X.J. Wang†, Y.M. Xu, Z.G. Xu, Y. Zhang, X. Ning, X. Cheng, Y.G Xue, D. Lu, Q.H. Zhang, F. Zhang, J.X. Liu, X.G. Guo, K.C. Hwang, Y.G. Huang, J.A. Rogers, Y.H. Zhang. “Harnessing the interface mechanics of hard films and soft substrates for 3D assembly by controlled buckling” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), 2019 116 (31) 15368-15377.

Y. Sekine, S.B. Kim, Y. Zhang, A.J. Bandodkar, S. Xu, J. Choi, M. Irie, T.R. Ray, P. Kohli, N. Kozai, T. Sugita, Y. Wu, K.H. Lee, K.-T. Lee, R. Ghaffari and J.A. Rogers, “A fluorometric skin-interfaced microfluidic device and smartphone imaging module for in situ quantitative analysis of sweat chemistry,” Lab on a Chip 18, 2178-2186 (2018).

S. B. Kim, K. Lee, M. S. Raj, B. Lee, J. T. Reeder, J. Koo, A. Fargette, A. J. Bandodkar, S. M. Won, Y. Serkine, J. Choi, Y. Zhang, J. Yoon, B. H. Kim, Y. Yun, S. Lee, J. Shin, J. Kim, R. Ghaffari, and J. A. Rogers, “Soft, skin-interfaced microfluidic systems with wireless, battery-free electronics for digital, real-time tracking of sweat loss and electrolyte composition,” Small, 2018, 14(45), 1802876.

X.J. Wang†, X.G. Guo†, J.L. Ye†, N. Zheng, P. Kohli, Y. Zhang, Z.Q. Xie, H.W. Luan, D. Choi, K.W. Nan, Q.H. Zhang, Y.M. Xu, X.W. Shan, W.B. Bai, Z.Z. Wang, B.H. Kim, H. Jang, F. Zhang, Y.J. Ma, Z. Xu, X. Feng, T. Xie, Y.G. Huang, Y.H. Zhang, J.A. Rogers. “3D mesostructures, functional devices and shape-programmable systems based on mechanically induced assembly with shape memory polymers,” Advanced Materials, 2018, 1805615.

Yi Zhang
Contact Information
Mailing Address260 Glenbrook Road, Unit 3247, Storrs, CT 06269-3247
Office LocationA.B. Bronwell Building; 208/213