photography by Hon Hoang
Born in a beautiful mid-sized city in central China, I developed great interest in science in my early years. When admitted by Peking University, one of the best universities in China, I selected Chemistry as my major and started my research journey in Professor Xuefeng Guo’s lab. There I worked on covalently-bonded single molecule junctions, exploring their electron transport properties for building chemical actuators. After I concluded my work in Prof. Guo’s lab, in the summer of 2016, I got the chance to learn more organic photo-electricity and fabrication of polymer solar cells in Professor Seth Marder’s lab at Georgia’s Institute of Technology. Those experiences made me enthusiastic in device design and fabrication, and I joined Professor Paul S.Weiss lab to continue on my graduate career.
We are developing a novel microfluidic method to deliver chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) transgenes to T cells ex vivo based on the mechanical perturbation of cells using acoustic stimulation, which is named acoustofluidic transfection technique. This platform will lead to new innovative solutions for the rapid and safe generation of cancer immunotherapies.
Fun Facts and Hobbies
Outside lab I like to take road trips and hike. My dream is traveling all over the world. I also enjoy lying on the bed and reading Japanese manga while drinking boba milk tea.
Special thank you to Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer
Yao Gong’s projects are supported by UC CAI, UCLA Med Tech Innovator Award, and Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation.