Dr. Guangyu Xu


Guangyu Xu
Assistant Professor

Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst


Before joining University of Massachusetts Amherst, I have worked as a Postdoctoral Associate in Synthetic Neurobiology Group at MIT Media Lab, developing multiplexed cell imaging technologies. Before working at MIT, I have worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University, where I developed CMOS and graphene based all-electrical biosensor arrays. I received my Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, where I studied the variability effects of graphene electronics, in close collaboration with The Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. I recieved my B.S. and M.S. degrees from Tsinghua University.


  • University of California, Los Angeles            2006 – 2011
    Ph.D. Electrical Engineering
    Major: Solid State Electronics

  • Tsinghua University, China                            2003 – 2006
    Master of Science, Electrical Engieering
    Major: Photonics and Optoelectronics

  • Tsinghua University, China                            2000 – 2003
    Bachelor of Science, Fundamental Sciences
    Major: Mathematics and Physics

Research Experience

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Feburary 2014 - January 2016
    Postdoctoral Associate, Synthetic Neurobiology, Media Lab, PI: Ed Boyden

  • Harvard University, September 2011 - January 2014
    Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, PI: Donhee Ham

  • University of California, Los Angeles, September 2006 - July 2011
    Graduate Research Assistent, Department of Electrical Engineering, PI: Kang L. Wang

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, March 2009 - December 2010
    Guest Researcher, The Molecular Foundry, PI: Yuegang Zhang

  • Tsinghua University, China, September 2003 - July 2006
    Graduate Research Assistent, Department of Electrical Engineering, PI: Jiangde Peng and Yidong Huang

Honors and Awards

  • Best Symposium Presentation Golden Award, MRS Spring Conference, 2011

  • Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad, Chinese Government, 2011

  • Outstanding Ph.D Student Award Finalist, UCLA Electrical Engineering, 2011

  • Outstanding Theme Poster Prize in 6th Annual FCRP FENA review, 2010

  • UCLA, Henry Samueli Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Fellowship, 2006-2007

  • General Electric Fellowship, 2004

  • Tsinghua University Outstanding Academic Performance Scholarship, 2002

Professional Service

  • Reviewer/Referee: Proceedings of the IEEE, Advanced Materials, Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Journal of American Chemistry Society, Chemical Society Reviews, Applied Physics Letters, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, IEEE Transactions on Electronic Devices, IEEE Electron Device Letters, Nanotechnology, among others.


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