Yu-li Wang


Yu-li Wang, the R. Mehrabian Professor and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, holds a B.S. in Physics from National Taiwan University and a Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University. Prior to moving to Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, he was a Professor of Physiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

The rich academic training and work experiences of Yu-li Wang have encompassed colleges of basic science, medicine, and engineering, as well as medical centers and research institutes. His research has focused on aspects of cellular mechanical activities that serve as the foundation of cell and tissue engineering. Major contributions include the development of live cell imaging using fluorescently tagged proteins (1970’s; Landmark Paper in Cell Biology), the elucidation of frontal extension mechanism for cell migration (1980’s), the development of elastic polyacrylamide substrates for cellular mechanical studies including traction force microscopy (1990’s), the demonstration of cellular sensitivities to materials rigidity (1990’s), and the discovery of preferential cellular migration toward rigid materials (2000’s). His studies have been described in textbooks and have provided some of the very fundamental principles for the fields of cell mechanics and tissue engineering.

Prof. Wang has published over 120 papers and edited three books on Cell Mechanics and on Fluorescence Microscopy of Living Cells. Three of his papers have received over 1000 citations and three other papers received over 500 citations. One of his papers was collected in the book “Landmark Papers in Cell Biology”. He currently serves as an Associate Editor for Molecular Biology of the Cell, and for Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering. He has also served as a regular member of two NIH study sections and of the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council of the National Institutes of Health. He has co-organized international conferences on cell division and on live cell imaging. He is a recipient of an NIH/NIGMS MERIT award and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Google Scholar Profile Curriculum Vitae
Title:R. Mehrabian Professor and Head of Biomedical Engineering
Email Name:yuliwang @andrew.cmu.edu
Telephone:412 268 4442 Fax:412 268 9807
Address: PTC 4105-07
  Department of Biomedical Engineering
  Carnegie Mellon University
  700 Technology Drive
  Pittsburgh, PA 15219
1973 B.S. in Physics National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
1980 Ph.D. in Biophysics Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

1982 – 1987 

Staff Scientist National Jewish Hospital, Denver, CO
1987 – 1997 Senior/Principal Scientist Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, Shrewsbury, MA
1997 - 2008 Professor of Physiology University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA

2008 -  

Professor and Head of Biomedical Engineering Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
1998 MERIT Award, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH

Harold Beams Memorial Lecture, University of Iowa

2001 Publication selected for the collection of "Landmark Papers in Cell Biology" by ASCB
2011 Distinguished Lecture, Institute for Medicine and Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
2015 Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
1988 – 1992 Regular member, Cell Biology Study Section (CBY-1), NIH
1998 – 2002 Regular member, Molecular Cytology Study Section (CDF-2), NIH
2004 Co-organizer, ASCB Summer Meeting on Cytokinesis
2003 – 2006 Regular Member, National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, NIH
2006 Co-organizer, NIH Meeting on “Frontiers in Live Cell Imaging”
2006 – Associate Editor, Molecular Biology of the Cell
2008 – Associate Editor, Molecular and Cellular Bioengineering
Book Editing:

Y.-L. Wang, and D.L. Taylor, Fluorescence Microscopy of Living Cells in Culture Part A & B Methods in Cell Biology, Volume 29 & 30, Academic Press.


Y.-L. Wang, and D.E. Discher, Cell Mechanics
Methods in Cell Biology, Volume 83, Academic Press.