Yun-Sheng Chen

Yun-Sheng Chen
Yun-Sheng Chen
Assistant Professor
(217) 300-2801
4255 Beckman Institute

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  • Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical and Computer Engineering (2012), Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA. Mentor: Prof. Stanislav Emelianov
  • Certification in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (2012), Graduate Portfolio Program, Center for Nano- and Molecular Science, the University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA

Academic Positions

  • Assistant Professor (2021-Present), Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, USA

Research Areas

  • Translational Biotechnologies

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Y.-S. Chen, S. Yoon, W. Frey, M. Dockery, S. Emelianov*, "Dynamic contrast-enhanced photoacoustic imaging using photothermal stimuli-responsive composite nanomodulators", Nature Communications, 2017, 8, 15782. DOI:10.1038/ncomms15782
  • Y.-S. Chen, Y. Zhao, S. Yoon, S. Emelianov*, S. S. Gambhir*, "Miniature gold nanorods for photoacoustic molecular imaging in the second near-infrared optical window", Nature Nanotechnology, 2019, 14, 465–472. DOI: 10.1038/s41565-019-0392-3
  • G. Song, M. Kenney, Y.-S. Chen, X. Zheng, Y. Deng, S. X. Wang, S. S. Gambhir, H. Dai, J. Rao*, "Carbon-coated FeCo nanoparticles as sensitive magnetic-particle-imaging tracers with photothermal and magnetothermal properties", Nature Biomedical Engineering, 2020, 4, 325. DOI: 10.1038/s41551-019-0506-0
  • Y.-S. Chen*, Y. Zhao, C. Beinat, A. Zlitni, E.-C. Hsu, D.-H. Chen, H. Wang, T. Stoyanova, J. A. Dionne, and S. S. Gambhir*, "Ultra-high-frequency-radio-frequency-acoustic molecular imaging with saline nanodroplets in living subjects", Nature Nanotechnology, 2021. DOI: 10.1038/s41565-021-00
  • S. Zhao, J. Hartanto, R. Joseph, C.-H. Wu, Y. Zhao, and Y.-S. Chen*, "Hybrid Photoacoustic and Fast Super-Resolution Ultrasound Imaging", Nature Communications, 14, 2191 (2023).
  • H. Wang, S. Meyer, C. Murphy, Y.-S. Chen* and Y. Zhao*, “Ultrafast visualization of thermal processes using decoupled optical force nanoscopy”, Nature Communications, 14, 7267 (2023).


  • S. Emelianov, J. Su, B. Wang, A. Karpiouk, Y.-S. Chen, W. Frey, R. Bouchard, "Combined ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging of metal objects", U.S. Patent 20,120,253,180, (2012).
  • S. Emelianov, B. Wang, J. Shah, K. Sokolov, J. Su, Y.-S. Chen, W. Frey, "Temperature dependent photoacoustic imaging", U.S. Patent 20120125107 A1, (2012).


  • Innovative Science Accelerator Program (ISAC) Award (2023 )
  • JumpARCHES fund (2022)
  • Google Faculty Research Award (2020 )
  • JumpARCHES fund (2020 )

Recent Courses Taught

  • ECE 110 - Introduction to Electronics
  • ECE 329 - Fields and Waves I
  • ECE 398 AS - Progm Mthds - Machine Learning
  • ECE 467 (BIOE 467) - Biophotonics
  • ECE 564 - Modern Light Microscopy