Through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), I mentored students to think creatively and actively contribute to their assigned project. I encouraged students to build a strong conceptual background by studying scientific publications selected to illustrate what to look for when conducting their future literature searches. The students’ complete theoretical and experimental knowledge of their projects allowed them to present research posters at the annual seminar. My three undergraduate students won NASA research fellowships. Under my supervision, students acquire the essential biomedical engineering skills including mammalian cell culture techniques, microscope imaging, and immunostaining, and they learn about microfluidic systems, nanomaterials, and basic cancer biology.
Dr. Yoon’s current research is to develop advanced bioMEMS tools for understanding cell trafficking in cancer through isolation, characterization, and study of circulating tumor cells in the peripheral blood of cancer patients. His goal is to create cutting edge engineering solutions to clinical problems with novel translational biomedical research tools. He has published more than 40 journal and conference papers, including Nature Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials, ACS Nano, Analytical Chemistry, Sensors and Actuators A, B, etc.