Dr. Zhugen Yang,
Cranfield University, UK
Dr Zhugen Yang is faculty member at Cranfield University (UK), heading up Cranfield Sensors Laboratory. He received a prestigious UKRC Personal Fellowship in 2018 to start his independent academic at the University of Glasgow, where he was appointed as a Lecturer (UK tenured) at James Watt School of Engineering before the group moved to Cranfield University in 2019. He completed a postdoc at the University of Cambridge before he was awarded EU Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Bath. He earned his PhD from the University of Lyon in France after MSc and BSc in China.
His group is developing low-cost and point-of-use sensors (e.g. paper-origami device) for environmental science (e.g. microbial contamination, AMR), public health (e.g. drug of abuse, COVID-19 for wastewater epidemiology), and biomedical diagnostics (e.g. infectious disease). He is recently involved UK national wastewater epidemiology surveillance programme (N-WESP) for COVID-19. His research has been sponsored with over £2.5M from UK research council (EPSRC, NERC, BBSRC), Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) and industry, leading to over 50 peer-reviewed articles (such as PNAS, Anal Chem, ES&T, Water Res, H-index =21). He serves as editor of special issue on Biosensors for Wastewater at “TrAC Trends in Analytical Chemistry”(IF 9.8), and editor of the book on Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry (Elsevier). His recent work has been featured in Science, and widely reported by public media including BBC news/television, Washington Post, Daily Mail etc.