Xuefeng Wang heading to Iowa State University!


Xuefeng is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign working in the Ha lab at the Institute for Genomic Biology under the guidance of Dr. Taekjip Ha. Xuefeng’s field of interest is Cell Mechanics studied by single molecule techniques. 

At the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign his primary research goal has been to quantify cellular forces at the molecular level and understand their physiological relevance to many fundamental cellular functions and human diseases.   During his postdoctoral research he developed a molecular force sensor named Tension Gauge Tether (TGT) and quantified cellular forces on integrins and Notch receptors.  TGT as a molecular force sensor and modulator will have wide applications in Cell Mechanics.  It has the potential to open a new field in molecular cell mechanics where cellular forces are measured and manipulated at the molecular level.

Dr. Xuefeng Wang will begin the next phase of his career in August, 2015 at Iowa State University.  He has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position in the Department of Physics & Astronomy.  He will head a lab that will continue to focus on cell mechanics by single molecule approaches.