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About Dr. Hu

Dr. Hu

Ying S. Hu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Affiliate Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

Full Member, Cancer Biology, University of Illinois Cancer Center


Postdoctoral associate, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 2012-18

Postdoctoral scholar, California Institute of Technology, 2011-12

Ph.D., Bioengineering, Rice University, 2011

B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Houston, 2006





Dr. Ying S. Hu obtained his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston, graduating summa cum laude. Dr. Hu received the Wilbur L. and Judy L. Meier Award while studying electromagnetics at the Applied Electromagnetics Laboratory. In 2006, Dr. Hu moved to Bioengineering at Rice University and joined the Optical Molecular Imaging and Nanobiotechnology Laboratory.  Dr. Hu developed computational models to characterize the optical properties of plasmonic nanoparticles for their use as imaging contrast and theranostic agents. Dr. Hu received a DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, a Graduate Scholarship in Optical Science and Engineering from SPIE,  and was an NSF EAPSI fellow at the Centre for Biophotonics and Laser Science at the University of Queensland. After completing his Ph.D. in 2011, Dr. Hu pursued postdoctoral training in bioimaging at Caltech and Salk Institute for Biological Studies. While working at the Waitt Advanced Biophotonics Center, Dr. Hu developed single-molecule and superresolution imaging techniques to study the genomic structures of human stem cells. In 2015, Dr. Hu joined the NOMIS Center for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis. He applied light-sheet superresolution imaging to investigate the organization of T cell receptors in the mouse lymph node tissue. Dr. Hu’s imaging work was recognized by the Young Investigator Awards from SPIE Photonics West and the American Association of Immunologists. Dr. Hu joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2018. His research builds upon his expertise in nanophotonics, single-molecule and superresolution imaging, and immunology to develop multiscale imaging tools for probing human immunity. His current research is sponsored by the Chicago Biomedical Consortium, National Institutes of Health, and Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

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CHEM 558: Biophysical Chemistry (F19, S21, S22, S23)

CHEM 559: Special Topics: Modern Fluorescence Microscopy (F18)

CHEM 550: Biochemistry Seminar (S19, F21)

CHEM 452: Biochemistry I (F20)

CHEM 455: Biochemistry Laboratory (S20, F21, F22)