Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Associate





505ACE ExtensionSouth Kensington Campus





Dr Yubing Hu is a Research Associate, Assistant Supervisor and Group Manager at the Biochemical Sensors Group (Led by Dr. Ali K. Yetisen) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. As a chemical engineering researcher, Dr Hu has rich experience in organic synthesis, functional polymer materials, optical sensing and analytical devices. With an aim to innovate healthcare technologies and translate them to individualised medications, she is motivated to bridge the gap between chemistry, bioengineering, clinics, and promote collaborations between doctors, researchers and businesses. Her research interests are in the field of analytical biotechnology in the use of optical biosensors for portable, wearable and implantable diagnostic devices. Most of her current research focuses on using engineered molecular probes in micro-and nano-structured polymer materials for advanced healthcare diagnostics.

Dr. Hu received a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University in 2016 and earned a Ph.D. degree from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2020. Her PhD study focused on the development of fluorescent polymer materials for advanced sensing and imaging applications. She is currently a member of American Chemical Society (ACS), Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), and American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE). She is also a member of Postdoc Committee in the Chemical Engineering. She received the Dame Julia Higgins Engineering Postdoc Collaborative Research Fund 2021 entitled Microneedle-Based Wearable Device for Continual Glucose Monitoring in Interstitial Fluid. She has been selected as 2022 MIT Chem Eng Rising Stars and Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS) 2023 in Singapore.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Wu Y, Hu Y, Jiang N, et al., 2022, Quantitative brain-derived neurotrophic factor lateral flow assay for point-of-care detection of glaucoma., Lab Chip

Davies S, Hu Y, Guo D, et al., 2022, Computational modelling of doubly-photopolymerised holographic biosensors, Advanced Theory and Simulations, Vol:5, ISSN:2513-0390, Pages:1-11

Davies S, Hu Y, Jiang N, et al., 2022, Reversible photonic hydrogel sensors via holographic interference lithography, Biosensors & Bioelectronics, Vol:207, ISSN:0956-5663

Davies S, Hu Y, Jiang N, et al., 2021, Holographic sensors in biotechnology, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:31, ISSN:1616-301X, Pages:1-24

Hu Y, Barbier L, Li Z, et al., 2021, Hydrophilicity-Hydrophobicity Transformation, Thermoresponsive Morphomechanics, and Crack Multifurcation Revealed by AIEgens in Mechanically Strong Hydrogels, Advanced Materials, ISSN:0935-9648

Hu Y, Lam J, Tang B, 2019, Visualization of biogenic amines and in vivo ratiometric mapping of intestinal pH by AIE-active polyheterocycles synthesized by metal-free Multicomponent polymerizations, Advanced Functional Materials, Vol:29, ISSN:1616-301X, Pages:1-11

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