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  1. Tianfa Xie, Jamar Hawkins, Yubing Sun. Traction Force Measurement Using Deformable Microposts. In: Rittié L. (eds) Fibrosis. Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 1627, Humana Press, New York, NY, 2017.

Before UMass:

  1. Yubing Sun, Yue Shao, Xufeng Xue, and Jianping Fu. Emerging roles of YAP/TAZ in mechanobiology. Molecular and Cellular Mechanobiology (edited by Shu Chien, Adam J. Engler, and Yingxiao Wang), the American Physiological Society, 2015.
  2. Shinuo Weng, Yue Shao, Yubing Sun, and Jianping Fu. Micromachined elastomeric microposts and their applications for mechanotransduction research. Dynamic Control of the Cellular Microenvironment (book chapter, edited by Wendy Liu and Elliot Hui), Springer, 2013.



  1. Feiyu Yang and Yubing Sun#. Directional Cell Migration Guided by a Strain Gradient, under review, 2022. [bioRxiv]
  2. Peiran Zhu, Xuzhao Li, Wang Xin, Chengzhen Yin, Menglin Wang, Dongna Liu, Jinze Li, Hangyu Chen, Hengjia Zhu, Yubing Sun, Jiemin Jia and Nanjia Zhou, Inducing highly physiological relevant of phenotype of human artery vascular smooth muscle cells in vitro via 3D bioprinting, under review, 2022. [bioRxiv]
  3. Yihao Zhang, Yubing Sun, George Lykotrafitis. A deep reinforcement learning model based on deterministic policy gradient for collective neural crest cell migration. under review, 2022. [arXiv]
  4. Tianfa Xie, Lauren E. Brown, ChangHui Pak, and Yubing Sun. Self-organized anteroposterior regionalization of early midbrain and hindbrain using micropatterned human embryonic stem cells, submitted, 2022.
  5. Hongyan Gao, Feiyu Yang, Kianoosh Sattari, Xian Du, Tianda Fu, Shuai Fu, Xiaomeng Liu, Jian Lin, Yubing Sun, Jun Yao. Bioinspired Two-in-One Nanotransistor Sensor for the Simultaneous Measurements of Electrical and Mechanical Cellular Responses, Science Advances, In press, 2022.
  6. Jamar Hawkins*, Xiaosu Miao*, Wei Cui and Yubing Sun. Surface functionalization of PDMS substrates facilitates culture of preimplantation mouse embryos by blocking nonselective adsorption, Journal of Royal Society Interface, vol. 19(189), 2022. [link]
  7. ChangHui Pak and Yubing Sun. Organoids: Expanding Applications Enabled by Emerging Technologies: Organoids: emerging technologies and applications, Journal of Molecular Biology, vol. 434 (3), 167411, 2022. [link]


  1. Puspam Keshri, Bin Zhao, Tianfa Xie, Yousef Bagheri, James Chambers, Yubing Sun, and Mingxu You. Quantitative and multiplexed fluorescence lifetime imaging of intercellular tensile forces, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, vol. 60, 15548-15555, 2021. [link]
  2. Tianfa Xie*, Sarah R. St. Pierre*, Nonthakorn Olaranont*, Lauren E. Brown, Min Wu, and Yubing Sun. Condensation tendency and planar isotropic actin gradient induce radial alignment in confined monolayers, eLife, 10:e60381, 2021. [link]
  3. Tiankai Zhao, Yubing Sun, Xin Li, Mehdi Baghaee, Yuenan Wang, and Hongyan Yuan. A contraction-reaction-diffusion model for circular pattern formation in embryogenesis, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids, 157, 104630, 2021. [link]
  4. Ningwei Li, Feiyu Yang, Sarah St. Pierre, Subiksha Parthasarathy, Kelly Hong, and Yubing Sun, Patterning neuroepithelial cell sheet via a sustained chemical gradient generated by localized passive diffusion devices, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, vol. 7, 1713-1721, 2021. [link]
  5. Jamar Hawkins, Sue Miao, Wei Cui, Yubing Sun, Biophysical Optimization of Preimplantation Embryo Culture: What Mechanics Can Offer ART, Molecular Human Reproduction, 22; 27(1):gaaa087., 2021. [link]


  1. Peiran Zhu, Jamar Hawkins, Will Hamilton Linthicum, Menglin Wang, Ningwei Li, Nanjia Zhou, Qi Wen, Alicia Timme-Laragy, Xiaofei Song, Yubing Sun. Heavy Metal Exposure Leads to Rapid Changes in Cellular Biophysical Properties. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, vol 6, 1965-1976, 2020. [link]
  2. Tianfa Xie*, Jiming Kang*, Changhui Pak, Hongyan Yuan, and Yubing Sun. Temporal modulations of NODAL, BMP and WNT signals guide the spatial patterning in self-organized human ectoderm tissues. Matter, vol. 2, 1621-1638, 2020. [link]
  3. Bin Zhao, Ningwei Li; Tianfa Xie, Chungwen Liang, Yousef Bagheri, Yubing Sun, Mingxu You. Quantifying Tensile Forces at Cell–Cell Junctions with a DNA-based Fluorescent Probe. Chemical Science, vol. 11, 8558-8566, 2020. [link]


  1. Dacheng Mao, Ningwei Li, Zheshun Xiong, Yubing Sun, and Guangyu Xu, Single-cell optogenetic control of calcium signaling with a high-density micro-LED array. iScience, vol. 21, 403-412, 2019. [link]
  2. Bahador Marzban, Jiming Kang, Ningwei Li, Yubing Sun, and Hongyan Yuan. A contraction-reaction-diffusion model: Integrating biomechanics and biochemistry in cell migration. Extreme Mechanics Letters, vol. 32, 100566, 2019. [link]
  3. Peiran Zhu, Ning-Hsuan Tseng, Tianfa Xie, Ningwei Li, Isaac Fitts-Sprague, Shelly R. Peyton, and Yubing Sun. Biomechanical microenvironment regulates fusogenicity of breast cancer cells. ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, vol. 5, 3817-3827, 2019. [link]
  4. Weiqiang Chen, Steven G. Allen, Weiyi Qian, Zifeng Peng, Shuo Han, Xiang Li, Yubing Sun, Chelsea Fournier, Liwei Bao, Raymond H.W. Lam, Sofia D. Merajver, and Jianping Fu. Biophysical phenotyping and modulation of ALDH+ inflammatory breast cancer stem-like cells. Small, 1802891, 2019. [link]
  5. Nariman Banaei, Javad Moshfegh, Arman Mohseni-Kabir, JeanMarie Houghton, Yubing Sun, and Byung Kim. Machine learning algorithms enhancing the specificity of cancer biomarkers detection based on SERS immunoassays in microfluidic chips. RSC Advances, vol. 9, 1859-1868, 2019. [link]


  1. Ningwei Li, Tianfa Xie, and Yubing Sun, Towards Organogenesis and Morphogenesis In Vitro: Harnessing Engineered Microenvironment and Autonomous Behaviors of Pluripotent Stem Cells. Integrative Biology, vol. 10, 574, 2018. [Link]
  2. Yen Peng Kong, Ana Y Rioja, Xufeng Xue, Yubing Sun, Jianping Fu, Andrew J Putnam, A Systems Mechanobiology Model to Predict Cardiac Reprogramming Outcomes on Different Biomaterials. Biomaterials, vol. 181, 280, 2018. [Link]
  3. Xufeng Xue, Yubing Sun, Agnes M. Resto-Irizarry, Ye Yuan, Koh Meng Aw Yong, Yi Zheng, Shinuo Weng, Yue Shao, Yimin Chai, Lorenz Studer & Jianping Fu, Mechanics-guided embryonic patterning of neuroectoderm tissue from human pluripotent stem cells, Nature Materials, vol. 17, 633, 2018. [Link]
  4. Yubing Sun, Deok-Ho Kim, and Pak Kin Wong, Guest Editorial Advancing Mechanobiology by Micro/Nanosystems. IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology, vol. 13, 2018. [Link]
  5. Weiqiang Chen, Shuo Han, Weiyi Qian, Shinuo Weng, Haiou Yang, Yubing Sun, Luis G. Villa-Diaz, Paul H. Krebsbach, and Jianping Fu. Nanotopography Regulates Motor Neuron Differentiation of Human Pluripotent Stem Cells. Nanoscale, Vol. 10, 3556, 2018. [Link]


  1. Bin Zhao, Casey O’Brien, Aruni P. K. K. Karunanayake Mudiyanselage, Ningwei Li, Yousef Bagheri, Rigumula Wu, Yubing Sun, and Mingxu You. Visualizing Intercellular Tensile Forces by DNA-Based Membrane Molecular Probes.  JACS, vol. 139, 18182, 2017. [Link]
  2. Nariman Banaei, Anne Foley, JeanMarie Houghton, Yubing Sun, and Byung Kim. Multiplex detection of pancreatic cancer biomarkers using a SERS-based immunoassay. Nanotechnology, vol. 28, 455101, 2017. [Link]
  3. Xin Cui, Weijin Guo, Yubing Sun, Baoce Sun, Shuhuan Hu, Dong Sun, and Raymond H. W. Lam. A microfluidic device for isolation and characterization of transendothelial migrating cancer cells. Biomicrofluidics, vol. 11, 014105, 2017. [Link]
  4. Koh Meng Aw Yong, YubingSun, Sofia D.Merajver, and Jianping Fu. Mechanotransduction-Induced Reversible Phenotypic Switching in Prostate Cancer Cells. Biophysical Journal, vol. 112, 1236, 2017. [Link]

Before UMass:

  1. Yi Zheng, Yubing Sun, Xinwei Yu, Yue Shao, Ping Zhang, Guohao Dai, and Jianping Fu. Angiogenesis in liquid tumors: An in-vitro assay for leukemic cell induced bone marrow angiogenesis. Advanced Healthcare Materials, vol. 5, pp. 1014-1024, 2016.
  2. Hui Wang, Jing Di, Yubing Sun, Jianping Fu, Zengyan Wei, Hiroshi Matsui, Alejandra del C. Alonso, and Shuiqin Zhou. Biocompatible PEG-chitosan@carbon dots hybrid nanogels for two-photon fluorescence imaging, near-infrared light/pH dual-responsive drug carrier and synergistic therapy. Advanced Functional Materials, vol. 25, pp. 5537-5547, 2015.
  3. Di Chen*, Yubing Sun*, Cheri X. Deng, and Jianping Fu. Improving survival of disassociated human embryonic stem cells by mechanical stimulation using acoustic tweezing cytometry. Biophysical Journal (Biophysical Letter), 108, pp. 1315-1317, 2015.
  4. Hui Wang, Yubing Sun, Jinhui Yi, Jianping Fu, Jing Di, Alejandra del Carmen Alonso, and Shuiqin Zhou. Fluorescent porous carbon nanocapsules for two-photon imaging, NIR/pH dual-responsive drug carrier, and photothermal therapy. Biomaterials, vol. 53, pp. 117-126, 2015
  5. Di Chen, Yubing Sun, Madhu S. R. Gudur, Yising Hsiao, Ziqi Wu, Jianping Fu, and Cheri X. Deng. Two bubble acoustic tweezing cytometry for biomechanical probing and stimulation of cells. Biophysical Journal, vol. 108, pp. 32-42, 2015.
  6. Lin Han, Jing Zhou, Yubing Sun, Yu Zhang, Jung Han, Jianping Fu, and Rong Fan. Single-crystalline, nanoporous gallium nitride films with fine tuning of pore size for stem cell engineering. ASME Journal of Nanotechnology in Engineering and Medicine, 5, 041004, 2014.
  7. Yubing Sun and Jianping Fu. Harnessing mechanobiology of human pluripotent stem cells for regenerative medicine. ACS Chemical Neuroscience, vol. 5, pp. 621-623, 2014.
  8. Yubing Sun, Koh Meng Aw Yong, Luis G. Villa-Diaz, Xiaoli Zhang, Weiqiang Chen, Renee Philson, Shinuo Weng, Haoxing Xu, Paul H. Krebsbach and Jianping Fu. Hippo/YAP-mediated rigidity-dependent motor neuron differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells. Nature Materials, vol. 13, pp. 599-604, 2014.
  9. Zhenzhen Fan*, Yubing Sun*, Di Chen*, Weiqiang Chen, Cheri Deng, and Jianping Fu. Acoustic tweezing cytometry for live-cell subcellular control of intracellular cytoskeleton contractility.  Scientific Reports, vol. 3, 2176, 2013.
  10. Yubing Sun and Jianping Fu. Mechanobiology: A new frontier for human pluripotent stem cells.  Integrative Biology, vol. 5, pp. 450-457, 2013.
  11. Weiqiang Chen, Yubing Sun, and Jianping Fu. Microfabricated nanotopological surfaces for study of adhesion-dependent cell mechanosensitivity.  Small,  9, pp. 81-89, 2013.
  12. Yubing Sun, Liang-Ting Jiang, Ryoji Okada, and Jianping Fu. UV-modulated substrate rigidity for multiscale study of mechanoresponsive cellular behaviors.  Langmuir, vol. 28, pp. 10789-10796, 2012.
  13. Yubing Sun, Shinuo Weng, and Jianping Fu. Microengineered synthetic cellular microenvironment for stem cells.  Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology,  4, pp. 414-427, 2012.
  14. Yubing Sun, Christopher S. Chen, and Jianping Fu. Forcing stem cells to behave: A biophysical perspective of cellular microenvironment.  Annual Review of Biophysics, vol. 41, pp. 519-542,
  15. Yubing Sun, Luis G. Villa-Diaz, Raymond Hiu-Wai Lam, Weiqiang Chen, Paul H. Krebsbach, and Jianping Fu. Matrix mechanics regulates fate decisions of human embryonic stem cells.  PLoS ONE, vol. 7, e37178, 2012. 
  16. Weiqiang Chen, Luis G. Villa-Diaz, Yubing Sun, Shinuo Weng, Raymond Hiu-Wai Lam, Paul H. Krebsbach, and Jianping Fu. Nanotopography influences adhesion, spreading, and self-renewal of human embryonic stem cellsACS Nano, vol. 6, pp. 4094-4103, 2012.
  17. Raymond Hiu-Wai Lam, Yubing Sun, Weiqiang Chen, and Jianping Fu. Elastomeric microposts integrated into microfluidics for flow-mediated endothelial mechanotransduction analysis.  Lab on a Chip, vol. 12, pp. 1865-1873, 2012.
  18. Jennifer M. Mann*, Raymond Hiu-Wai Lam*, Shinuo Weng, Yubing Sun, and Jianping Fu. A silicone-based stretchable micropost array membrane for monitoring live-cell subcellular cytoskeletal response.  Lab on a Chip, 12, pp. 731-740, 2012. 
  19. Hui Wang*, Yubing Sun*, Yifei Yu, Jian Chen, Ran Li, Kai Cheng, Qianwang Chen. A general route to synthesize water-dispersive noble metal–iron oxide bifunctional hybrid nanoparticles.  Dalton Transactions, vol. 41 (2), pp. 346-350, 2012.
  20. Ran Li, Qianwang Chen, Hao Zhang, Xiankai Kong, Yubing Sun, Hao Zhong, Hui Wang, Shuai Zhou. Experimental investigations on the weakening effect of magnetic fields on surface-enhanced Raman scattering.  The Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, vol. 44, pp. 525-530, 2012.
  21. Hui Wang, Qianwang Chen, Yifei Yu, Kai Cheng, and Yubing Sun. Size- and solvent-dependent magnetically responsive optical diffraction of carbon-encapsulated superparamagnetic colloidal photonic crystals.  The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 115 (23), pp. 11427–11434, 2011.
  22. Hui Wang, Qianwang Chen, Yubing Sun, Mingsheng Wang, Lixia Sun. Synthesis of necklace-like magnetic nanorings.  Langmuir, vol. 26 (8), pp. 5957–5962, 2010.
  23. Hui Wang, Qianwang Chen, Yubing Sun, Mengyuan He. Synthesis of superparamagnetic colloidal nanochains as magnetic-responsive Bragg reflectors.  The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, vol. 114 (46), pp. 19660–19666, 2010.
  24. Mingsheng Wang, Jie Xiong, Yubing Sun, Qianwang Chen. Assembly of non-crystalline Co particles into nanowires under external magnetic fields.  CrystEngComm, vol. 12 (10), pp. 3262-3266, 2010.
  25. Hui Wang, Yubing Sun, Qianwang Chen, Yifei Yu and Kai Cheng. Synthesis of carbon-encapsulated superparamagnetic colloidal nanoparticles with magnetic-responsive photonic crystal property.  Dalton Transactions, vol. 40 (39), pp. 9565-9569, 2010.
  26. Hui Wang, Yifei Yu, Yubing Sun and Qianwang Chen. Magnetic nanochains: A review.  Nano, vol. 6 (1), pp. 1-17, 2010.