Prof. Haogang Cai

Principal Investigator

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Prof. Haogang Cai is currently an assistant professor in the Health Technology and Engineering Institute (Tech4Health) at NYU Grossman School of Medicine (NYUGSOM). He also holds a cross-appointment with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Prof. Cai received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University in 2016, under the supervision of Prof. Shalom Wind, and in close collaboration with Prof. Michael Sheetz in Biological Sciences and Prof. Michael Dustin at NYUGSOM. From 2016 to 2019, he was a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Daniel Lopez in the Center for Nanoscale Materials at Argonne National Laboratory. With a multidisciplinary academic and training background, he is the author and coauthor of one book chapter and more than 20 articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, Nature Protocols, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Nano Letters, etc. His research interests include nanotechnology, mechanobiology, metasurfaces and nanophotonics, nanofabrication, and micro/nanoelectromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS).

Dr. Taerin Chung

Research Scientist


Taerin Chung received her Ph.D. degree in 2014 from the School of Electrical Engineering, Seoul National University in Korea and M.E. degree in 2008 from ECE, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She was a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Molecular and Computational Biology, University of Southern California, USA, in 2015–2016. She was a research assistant professor in in the Department of Bio and Brain Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2017-2018. She also worked at Institute for Quantitative Biomedicine in the State University of New Jersey, Rutgers, as a postdoc. She is the author and coauthor of one book chapter and more than 15 articles in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Small, Advanced Functional Materials, Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Nature Communications, and etc.  Her main research interests are Nanoplasmonics, Biophotonic sensing and imaging, and Photonic materials.

Dr. Hao Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow


Hao received his Ph.D. degree in 2017 from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN) in Analytical Chemistry, under the supervision of Prof. Zachary Schultz. From June 2017 to October 2020, he was a postdoc associate working with Prof. Laura Fabris in Rutgers University on the development of plasmonic nanoparticles based biosensors for the detection of genetic sequences and opioid drugs. In 2021, he had a one-year stint working at Duke University on toxicological effects of metal oxides nanoparticles. He is the author and co-author of one book chapter and 14 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Chemical Science, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, etc. His research interests centered around mechanistic understandings and biological imaging of cellular receptor activation, multifunctional intracellular sensors through designing biocompatible and anti-fouling nanomaterials, integrated plasmonic nano-devices for point-of-care diagnostics of diseases.

Dr. Ofra Zidon

Visiting researcher

Xinye Chen

Visiting PhD student

Nicola Kubzdela 

Master student. Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University.

Aliha Nisha

Undergraduate. Department of Bioengineering, NYU Abu Dhabi.

Yue Xiao

Undergraduate. Department of Biology, NYU.