Yu Sun

Yu Sun | Professor and Canada Research Chair, Micro & Nano Engineering Systems (Tier I)

Main Appointments

  • Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Additional Appointments

  • Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

Office: Mechanical Building (MC), 5 King’s College Road, Room 419

+1 416 946-0549 (office)
sun@mie.utoronto.ca (email)
Advanced Micro and Nanosystems Laboratory (web)

Research Themes

Research Interests

Robotics and automation at micro-nanometer scales; Precision instrumentation; MEMS and microfluidics; Cell mechanobiology; Experimental cell mechanics and nanomechanics; Manipulation and characterization of cells, molecules, and nanomaterials.

Our group has an extensive collaborative network, with industry leaders (e.g., Hitachi High-Technologies), hospitals (e.g., Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto), and collaborating researchers across continents.

Our trainees are equipped with strong skills in instrumentation, micro-nano robotics, device design and microfabrication, computer vision microscopy, precision controls and measurement as well as strong communication skills, problem solving skills, and capabilities for interdisciplinary research and team work.

Select Publications

X. Wang, M.X. Luo, H. Wu, Z.R. Zhang, J. Liu, Z.S. Xu, W. Johnson, and Y. Sun, “A 3D magnetic tweezer system for intra-embryonic navigation and measurement,”IEEE Trans. Robotics, Vol. 34, pp. 240-247, 2018.

Z.S. Xu, Y. Zheng, X. Wang, N. Shehata, C. Wang, S.R. Xie, and Y. Sun, “Stiffening of sickle cell trait red blood cells under simulated strenuous exercise conditions,” Microsystems & Nanoengineering, article number: 16061, 2016.

K. Lau, H. Tao, H.J. Liu, J. Wen, K. Sturgeon, N. Sorfazlian, S. Lazic, J.T.A. Burrows, M. Wong, D.Y. Li, S. Deimling, B. Ciruna, I. Scott, C. Simmons, R.M. Henkelman, T. Williams, A.K. Hadjantonakis, R. Fernandez-Gonzalez, Y. Sun, and S. Hopyan, “Anisotropic stress orients remodelling of mammalian limb bud ectoderm,” Nature Cell Biology, Vol. 17, pp. 569-579, 2015.

J. Liu, V. Siragam, Z. Gong, J. Chen, M.D. Fridman, C. Leung, Z. Lu, C.H. Ru, S.R. Xie, J. Luo, R. Hamilton, and Y. Sun, “Robotic adherent cell injection (RACI) for characterizing cell-cell communication,” IEEE Trans. Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 62, pp. 119-125, 2015.

H.J. Liu, J. Wen, Y. Xiao, J. Liu, S. Hopyan, M. Radisic, C.A. Simmons, and Y. Sun, “In situ mechanical characterization of cell nucleus by atomic force microscopy,” ACS Nano, Vol. 8, pp. 3821-8, 2014.

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