Young Investigator Award

The IEEE Photonics Society Young Investigator Award was established to honor an individual who has made outstanding technical contributions to photonics (broadly defined) prior to his or her 35th birthday. Nominees must be under 35 years of age on Sept. 30th of the year in which the nomination is made. Funding for this award is sponsored by the IEEE Photonics Society. The award consists of a certificate of recognition and an honorarium of $2000. The presentation will be made at the IEEE Photonics Conference, being held September 30 - Octpber 4, 2018, in Reston, Virginia, USA.

2018 Honoree


Yu Shrike Zhang

For pioneering contributions in applying biophotonics to characterization of engineered tissue constructs.




Yu Shrike Zhang received his B.E. degree in biomedical engineering in 2008 from Southeast University, China and Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering in 2013 from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently a Research Faculty and Associate Bioengineer in the Division of Engineering in Medicine, Department of Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His research is focused on innovating medical engineering technologies to recreate functional biomimetic tissues for regenerative medicine and tissue models for personalized medicine, using a multi-disciplinary approach combining microfluidics, biomaterials, biofabrication, and bioanalysis. In particular, he has pioneered the application and design of a variety of biomedical imaging and sensing technologies to the characterization of biomaterial-tissue interactions and to the non-invasive monitoring of organoid behaviors in microfluidic organ-on-a-chip devices.

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