In 2016, 4-VA awarded Dr. Yizheng Zhu and Dr. Song Hu a grant called Non-contact measurement of whole cell mechanics using quantitative optical microscopy and acoustic stimulation. This project proposes to develop a novel technique for studying mechanical properties of cells more efficiently and more accurately. The technique employs a highly-sensitive optical microscope to detect tiny, fast changes across the cell induced by ultrasound waves. It will provide better characterization of cell mechanics, which is often essential in understanding many cellular functions and disease progression.
Dr. Yizheng Zhu
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Song Hu Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics
2016 – 4-VA awarded VT and UVA $20,000 for Non-contact measurement of whole cell mechanics using quantitative optical microscopy and acoustic stimulation.