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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 30 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 mechanobiology, metasurfaces and nanophotonics, nanotechnology and nanofabrication, micro/nano-electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS), etc.

Dr. Hao Wang

Research Scientist


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. Ashish Pandey

Postdoctoral Fellow


Ashish received his Master’s Degree from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, in 2011. Then, he worked as a Research fellow at DDIT University, India. In 2013 he joined Sabanci University as a researcher, and has worked in the field of Biosensors till 2017. He then joined Prof. Mark Schvartman’s group at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, as a Ph.D. scholar, and completed his Ph.D. in 2022. He is the author and co-author of several peer-reviewed research and review articles in reputed journals such as Biosensors and Bioelectronics, Chemical Engineering Journal, Nanoscale, Sensors and Actuators B, Soft matter etc. His research interests include, Nano- and micro-fabrication, Nanotechnology, Immunotherapy, Mechanobiology, Biosensors and Lab on chip.

Nanzhong Deng

PhD Student


I graduated with my Bachelor of Engineering in 2019 from Department of Material Science, Zhejiang University in China and then received my M.S. degree at the University of Oklahoma in the States in 2021 under the supervision of Prof. Chuanbin Mao and Prof. Christina R. Bourne. In 2021, I worked at the Strategic Investment Department of ByteDance Ltd. as a Bio-Tech analyst intern. In 2022, I worked for AstraZeneca (China) as a Management Trainee. Now I am pursuing my Ph.D. degree at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, NYU. My main research interests are Mechanobiology, Bio-sensing and Biomaterials. Stay Hungry! Stay Foolish!

Dr. Arash Nemati

Postdoctoral Fellow, incoming Fall 2023.

Yue Xiao

Undergraduate. Biology, NYU.

Isabella Viera

Undergraduate. NYU.

Lab Alumni

Dr. Ofra Zidon

2021-2022. Visiting researcher, Hadassah University Medical Center, Israel.

Xinye Chen

Summer 2021. Visiting PhD student, UC Riverside.

Nicola Kubzdela 

Summer 2022. Master student. Electrical Engineering, Stanford University.

Aliha Nisha

Spring, Summer 2022. Undergraduate. Bioengineering, NYU Abu Dhabi.

Hsuan-Ming Chi

Summer, Fall 2022. Master student. Biotechnology, NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Hazim Saleem

Summer 2023. Undergraduate. Chemistry and Biotechnology, Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

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