Welcome to the Gao Research Group at Caltech!
The Gao Research Group at the California Institute of Technology is a highly interdisciplinary research team devoted to developing versatile bioelectronic devices for fundamental and applied biomedical studies. Our research thrusts include fundamental materials and chemistry innovations as well as important device and system level applications toward personalized and precision medicine. We create and apply the innovative devices to understand the complex biological systems. Some examples of our devices include wearable/portable biosensors that perform real-time health monitoring and clinical assessment, and medical micro/nanorobots that offer the therapeutic capability of rapid drug delivery and precision surgery.
We always welcome talented postdoctoral and graduate candidates. Caltech graduate students from any related program (including MedE, EE, BioE, APhMS, ME, ChemE, Chem, and others) interested in research opportunities with the laboratory should contact prof. Gao for an appointment to discuss available projects. Graduate candidates at all other universities are welcome to contact prof. Gao and need to apply for admission to Caltech. We always welcome dedicated undergraduate researchers for research during the school year or in the summer (through SURF, WAVE and Amgen Scholars programs). Interested students are encouraged to contact prof. Gao.
Dr. Wei Gao
Office: 139 Keck Laboratory
Address: 1200 E California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125, MC 138-78
Tel: (626) 395-2958
For Research Group Matters
207 Keck Laboratory
Tel: (626) 395-1970
Our Recent Publications at Caltech
R. M. Torrente-Rodríguez, J. Tu, Y. Yang, J. Min, M. Wang, Y. Song, Y. Yu, C. Xu, C. Ye, W. W. IsHak, W. Gao*, Investigation of Cortisol Dynamics in Human Sweat Using a Graphene-Based Wireless mHealth System, Matter, 2020, 2, 10.1016/j.matt.2020.01.021.
Y. Yang, Y. Song, X. Bo, J. Min, O. S. Pak, L. Zhu, M. Wang, J. Tu, A. Kogan, H. Zhang, T. K. Hsiai, Z. Li, W. Gao*, A Laser-Engraved Wearable Sensor for Sensitive Detection of Uric Acid and Tyrosine in Sweat, Nature Biotechnology, 2020, 38, 217-224.
Z. Wu, L. Li, Y. Yang, P. Hu, Y. Li, S.-Y. Yang, L. V. Wang, W. Gao*, A Microrobotic System Guided by Photoacoustic Computed Tomography for Targeted Navigation in Intestines In Vivo, Science Robotics, 2019, 4, eaax0613.
Y. Song, J. Min, W. Gao*, Wearable and Implantable Electronics: Moving Toward Precision Therapy. ACS Nano, 2019, 13, 12280-12286.
J. Tu, R. M. Torrente-Rodríguez, M. Wang, W. Gao*, The Era of Digital Health: A Review of Portable and Wearable Affinity Biosensors. Advanced Functional Materials, 2019, 1906713.
Y. Yang, W. Gao*, Wearable and Flexible Electronics for Continuous Molecular Monitoring, Chemical Society Review, 2019, 48, 1465-1491.
Feb, our News and Views article on microrobot was accepted by Nature Electronics.
Feb, our research paper on wearable stress hormone biosensors was published in Matter (Cell Press). Congrats to Rebeca, Jiaobing, and other coauthors!
Feb, Wei delivered invited talks at the 13th Wearable Tech + Digital Health + Neurotech Conference at Silicon Valley, and the Inaugural Precision Diagnostics Center Symposium at Boston University.
Dec, congratulations to our postdoctoral scholar Zhiguang for being selected to MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 China!
Dec, Wei gave a keynote talk in ICBME 2019 and a seminar in National University of Singapore.
Nov, our research paper on all-laser-engraved wearable biosensor was published in Nature Biotechnology. Congrats to Yiran, Yu, Xiangjie, and other coauthors! Link
Highlighted as Editor's Choice in Science Translational Medicine. Link
See 'behind the paper' in Nature Bioengineering Community.
Also see reports from Caltech News, Physics world, Xinhua, Science Daily and more.
Nov, our invited perspective in ACS Nano (Link) and invited review in Advanced Functional Materials (Link) were published on the same day. Congrats to Jiaobing, Yu, Rebeca, Jihong and Minqiang.
Nov, Wei gave invited talks at the inaugural Space Health Innovation Conference and the 17th Texas Wireless Summit.
Oct, Wei gave a Chemical Engineering seminar at UC Irvine and a President's Lecture at The Lundquist Institute.
Aug, Wei gave an invited talk at ACS National Meeting & Expo 2019.
Jul, our research paper on imaging-guided microrobot was published at Science Robotics. Congrats to Zhiguang and Yiran! Link
See reports from Caltech, New Scientist, Optics & Photonics News.
Jul, Wei gave an invited talk at MNM at UCLA and a keynote talk at ICFE 2019.
Jun, Wei was selected as a recipient of the 2019 IEEE Sensors Council Technical Achievement Award. The award will be given during IEEE Sensor Council's flagship conference - IEEE Sensors 2019. Link
Jun, Wei gave invited talks at Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics, ICMAT 2019, and Nanyang Technological University.
May, Wei gave a keynote talk in 2019 Joint Ontario-on-a-Chip and TOeP Symposium.
May, You's paper on Flexible Electrochemical Bioelectronics was accepted to Advanced Materials.
Apr, we were featured on The Caltech Effect: "Sweating the Small Stuff".
Feb, Wei gave a plenary talk at AACR conference - Modernizing Population Sciences in the Digital Age.
Dec, Wei gave an invited talk in IEEE MNM 2018.
Nov, Wei gave two invited talks in MRS Fall meeting.
Nov, Wei gave invited seminars at Caltech IST, UC Riverside (BioE) and Washington University in St. Louis (ESE).
Nov 12th, our News and Views on wearable sensor was published in Nature Electronics. Link
Oct, Wei gave a keynote talk in SES 2018.
Sep, welcome Changhao, Jihong, Jiaobing, Yu, Min-Qiang and Xiangjie to join the group.
June, Wei was selected to the Interstellar Initiative (the New York Academy of Sciences). He and his collaborators won Outstanding Team Presentation Award (first place in Neuroscience).
May, Wei gave invited seminars at City of Hope, Cedars Sinai Medical Center and Caltech Materials Science.
March 5th, congrats to Yiran (Isabella) for her paper being accepted to Chemical Society Review.
Dec-Feb, welcome You, Adam, So-Yoon, Rebeca, Joanna and Zhiguang to join the group!
Nov 13th, Wei gave an invited seminar in Birck Nanotechnology Center at Purdue University.
Sep 29th, Wei was featured on Caltech News: "The Science of Sweat: An Interview with Wei Gao". Link
Sep-Oct, welcome our first graduate student Yiran (Isabella) and undergraduate researchers Rohan and Adrian to join the group!
August, Wei joined California Institute of Technology as an assistant professor of Medical Engineering in EAS Division.
April, Wei was selected as an ACS Nano Junior Fellow and participated in first ACS Nano Kavli Futures Symposium. Link
Dec 14th, Wei's wearable biosensor work was chosen by ACS as part of TOP Research of 2016: "Wearable sensors were ‘the’ fashion accessories of 2016". Link
August 23rd, Wei was selected as one of 2016 MIT Technology Review 35 Innovators Under 35 (TR35). Each year, MIT Technology Review selects exceptionally talented young innovators whose works are believed to have the greatest potential to transform the world. Link
Jan 27th, the sweat sensor paper was published in Nature. It was reported around the world by Nature, Science, The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Time, Daily Mail, The Times, LA Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Scientific American, IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review, Fox News, Wired, Popular Science, New Scientist, San Francisco Chronicle and UC Berkeley News. See News.