Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Associate in Electrochemical Biosensor Development



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ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





Dr. Ying Tu is a postdoctoral research associate in Polizzi’s lab in the department of chemical engineering at Imperial College London. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree from Queen Mary University of London in 2019. Prior to joining Imperial College London, he was a postdoctoral researcher working with Prof. Xuefeng Wang at Iowa State University from 2019 to 2022.

Dr. Tu has rich experience in multiple disciplines including materials science, biophysics, and chemistry. His research interests are electrochemical and fluorescent biosensors that map cellular force in molecular level in-vivo or in-vitro, detect biochemical information, and monitor the process of bioreaction. Currently, funded by Wellcome Leap, he is developing an electrochemical biosensor platform to assess the quality of mRNA vaccines being developed in the manufacturer.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Tu Y, Pal K, Austin J, et al., 2022, Filopodial adhesive force in discrete nodes revealed by integrin molecular tension imaging., Current Biology, Vol:32, ISSN:0960-9822, Pages:4386-4396.e3

Pal K, Tu Y, Wang X, 2022, Single-Molecule Force Imaging Reveals That Podosome Formation Requires No Extracellular Integrin-Ligand Tensions or Interactions, ACS Nano, Vol:16, ISSN:1936-0851, Pages:2481-2493

Tu Y, Wang X, 2021, Tracking cell migration by cellular force footprint recorded with a mechano-optical biosensor, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Vol:193, ISSN:0956-5663

Tu Y, Wang X, 2020, Recent Advances in Cell Adhesive Force Microscopy, Sensors, Vol:20

Tu Y, Kyle C, Luo H, et al., 2020, Ammonia Gas Sensor Response of a Vertical Zinc Oxide Nanorod-Gold Junction Diode at Room Temperature, Acs Sensors, Vol:5, ISSN:2379-3694, Pages:3568-3575

Zhao Y, Pal K, Tu Y, et al., 2020, Cellular Force Nanoscopy with 50 nm Resolution Based on Integrin Molecular Tension Imaging and Localization, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol:142, ISSN:0002-7863, Pages:6930-6934

Tu Y, Ahmad N, Briscoe J, et al., 2018, Light-Addressable Potentiometric Sensors Using ZnO Nanorods as the Sensor Substrate for Bioanalytical Applications, Analytical Chemistry, Vol:90, ISSN:0003-2700, Pages:8708-8715

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